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Twitter deletes Buhari’s ‘treat them in the language they understand’ tweet after outcry

Twitter deletes Buhari’s ‘treat them in the language they understand’ tweet after outcry
June 02
14:03 2021

Twitter has deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet wherein he threatened to treat Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand”.

In the tweet shared on Tuesday, Buhari spoke about the civil war experience and threatened to deal with those “bent on destroying” Nigeria through “insurrection.”

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he had said.


The microblogging site deleted the message on Wednesday following public outcry.

“This tweet violated the Twitter rules,” it noted.



It is not immediately clear if the platform will take further action against the president.

He had posted the message while warning those “misbehaving in certain parts of the country”, particularly in the south-east where government infrastructures have been under attack.

Many Nigerians tackled him over the statement, citing his reference to the civil war — in which millions of Nigerians mostly the Igbo were killed — as a threat to commit human rights violations.


Some also called on Twitter to suspend his account.

They argued the president’s tweet “expresses intentions of self-harm or suicide”, as stated on Twitter’s usage policy.

Twitter did not provide further details on the action, but it said in its policy referenced that when it takes such measure, it is sometimes because “the behaviour violates the Twitter rules.”

Twitter Rules prohibit a number of actions from users, including violence, abuse and hateful conduct.


They provide that users may not: “Threaten violence against an individual or a group of people; engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so; nor promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”


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1 Comment

  1. Okereke Udoakpuenyi
    Okereke Udoakpuenyi June 03, 05:59

    Suspending the President’s Twitter account as a result of violation of Twitter rules is just and appropriate. Let it also be known by the president, his government, the ruling APC, all Nigerians that Buhari also disobeyed his own ‘hate speech’ law. The National Assembly should prepare appropriate sanction against him. In Nigeria, democratic governance is in place that is fashioned after the American model + the Presidential System. They law must follow is course. It is only in the Cabinet System of the United Kingdom that the Queen can do no wrong.

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