The Nigerian government has “indefinitely suspended” Twitter’s operations in the country according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Culture on Friday. “The Federal Government has suspended the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria indefinitely,” it said.
The statement, which was published on the ministry’s official Twitter account on Friday evening, accused the American social media company of allowing its platform to be used “for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” The suspension comes just two days after Twitter removed a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari that was widely interpreted as offensive.
In that post on tweet on Tuesday, Nigeria’s president threatened to deal with people in the country’s southeast, whom he blames for the region’s repeated attacks on public infrastructure.
“Many of those who are misbehaving today are too young to remember the devastation and loss of life that occurred during Nigeria’s civil war. Those of us who have been in the fields for 30 months and have been through the war will treat them in the language they understand “In the now-deleted tweet, Buhari referred to the brutal two-year Nigeria-Biafra war, which killed an estimated one to three million people, mostly from the Igbo tribe in the country’s east, between 1967 and 1970.
The tweet was deleted Wednesday after many Nigerians flagged it. Information Minister Lai Mohammed criticized Twitter‘s action and accused the social media giant of “double standards.”