Nigerian tyrant Muhammadu Buhari has placed an authoritarian condition for lifting the illegal ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Recall that the tyrant had banned Twitter operations in June after the microblogging platform deleted his war tweet. In the tweet under reference, the dictator had threatened Igbo of the South-East with another civil war, similar to the one between 1967 and 1970, during which an estimated three million people, mostly women and children, were killed.
The tweet provoked outrage on social media, resulting to it getting massively reported. Reacting, Twitter deleted it, saying that it violated the platform’s policies.
In his Independence Day address on the morning of Friday, October 1, 2021, being Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary, the dictator claimed without evidence that some social media users were responsible for the ban on Twitter in the country.
Rather than admitting that the microblogging site was illegally banned for criticising his repressive regime, the tyrant rather claimed that some Nigerians were using the platform for the propagation of fake news, coordination and execution criminal activities and religious and ethnic sentiments, which supposedly resulted to the platform being banned.
Dictator Buhari also claimed that his repressive regime engaged with Twitter authorities to agree on the conditions for the continuous operation of the platform in Nigeria.
With regards for lifting the illegal ban on the platform, dictator Buhari said:
“I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.”
The tyrant failed to define what he meant by “positive engagements.”