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Trump sends strong message to Nigeria over Twitter ban

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Former United States President, Donald Trump, has reacted to the suspension of Twitter operations by the federal government in the country. 

Trump commended the country for the action, asking more countries to do the same and ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.

Recall that the former American president had over 60 million followers before his suspension.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday night, June 8, by the former president who expressed regrets for not taking action against Twitter while he was president.

Trump, in his statement, said: “Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their president.

“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard.

“In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?

“Perhaps, I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was.”

The NBC  directed all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to suspend the use of the microblogging platform, Twitter.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by its Director General, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday morning, June 7.

Idachaba said television and radio stations are urged to de-install twitter handles and “desist from using twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially Phone-in.”

Recall that Nigerians have been denied access to Twitter and can only access by bypassing domain restrictions through alternative mediums due to the suspention of the social media giant.

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Twitter’s sanction came up after Buhari’s controversial tweet about the civil war which some Nigerian users flagged and Twitter said violated its rules.

 

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