October 22, 2021


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NEWS EXTRA: Twitter refused to delete tweet where we were described as monkeys – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has defended the suspension of the activities of Twitter in Nigeria.

Exactly a week ago, Mohammed announced the sanction against the microblogging site, citing alleged interference.

The Federal Government has been under intense pressure to lift the ban on Twitter.

Speaking on an NTA programme on Friday, Mohammed accused Twitter of indulging Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“Before its suspension, we made several pleas to them to remove the tweets where Nigeria is described as a zoo, where all of us are described as monkeys.

“We also pleaded to Twitter to delete the tweet where he said that if a Nigerian soldier enters into Biafra, it is death,.

“Twitter, however, said that those tweets did not offend their own rules. It gets out of hand when attacks on police and military formations, police and army officers became unabated and we said at this point, we will need to suspend their operations,’’ he said.