Like Twitter, Facebook Deletes President Buhari’s ‘Genocidal Comments’

Facebook has deleted a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari making reference to the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970).

The social media platform said it violated its community standards against inciting violence.



Earlier, in the week, Twitter also deleted comments made by Buhari threatening punishment for agitators for secession in the country. 











The tweet read, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

The President’s Twitter account was reported by Nigerians who understood the last part of the thread as threats against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its military wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Many reminded Buhari of the consequences of the Nigerian Civil War which lasted from 1967 to 1970, stating that such must not be repeated.

Over 3 million people, largely Igbo people were estimated to have been killed in the civil war. 

“In line with our global policies, we’ve removed a post from President Buhari’s Facebook page for violating our Community Standards against inciting violence. We remove any content, from individuals or organisations that violates our policies on Facebook,” the media giant said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government on Friday suspended Twitter’s operations indefinitely, after accusing the micro-blogging site of “undermining Nigeria’s existence.”











In a statement on Friday, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, said the government was forced to act because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

The suspension of the social networking service was also shared on the Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Information, which has since generated reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter.

However, as of the time of this report, the platform is still active within Nigeria.

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