Twitter, the famous microblogging platform has taken down ‘inciting’ tweets from Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) barely 24 hours after the Nigerian government placed a ban on the activities of Twitter.
In the tweet which was deleted by Twitter, the IPOB leader stated that there is definitely going to be retaliation for any Biafran killed by Nigerian security agencies. He opined that the Federal Government should conduct a referendum and allow the will of the people to reign.
“It’s not for the living to respond to the dead but given the lack of reasoning prevalent in the #Zoo Nigeria, I wish to assure @GarShehu (Garba Shehu) , the Jihadi midget @elrufai (Nasir El-Rufai) & that Fulani lapdog Femi Adesina that any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive,” Mr Kanu wrote via his handle on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the tweet was deleted on the platform with reasons linked to the violations of rules. This comes a day after the federal government banned activities of Twitter in Nigeria accusing it of undermining the country’s corporate existence.
Nigerians have been denied access to the microblogging platform following the ban which was effected by telecommunications in the country and only access the platform through ways best known to them.
But Twitter disclosed on Saturday that it is working to restore access to its platform.
“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.”
“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn”.