THE Federal Government yesterday, reacted to the deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets by Twitter, saying that Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is “very suspect.”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the First Lady’s Conference Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari after receiving briefing on Tuesday from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the destruction of the commission’s facilities across the country, had in his reaction referenced the civil war and threatened to deal with the trouble makers.

The President had in a series of tweets on Tuesday via his verified Twitter handle @mbuhari boasted about the role he played alongside other Nigerian military officers in the Nigerian civil war of 1966-70, during which over three million Igbo civilians were killed, many of them rounded up and shot at close range or starved to death.

He tweeted: “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us were in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war. We will treat them in the language they understand.”

Following several complaints, Twitter deleted the tweet, stating: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.

”When we determine that a tweet violated the Twitter rules, we require the violator to remove it before they can tweet again. We send an e mail notification to the violator identifying the tweets in violation and which policies have been violated,” Twitter stated yesterday.

But in his reaction, Nigeria”s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Mohammed, accused Twitter of double standard, wondering why the social media giant has conveniently ignored alleged inciting tweets by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his cohorts.

He accused Twitter of displaying the same biases it did during the ENDSARS protest where government and private properties were destroyed, looted and set on fire, describing it as human rights while it finds Buhari’s tweet offensive.

He said Twitter’s role is suspect and Nigeria will not be fooled.

According to him, “Twitter may have its own rules but it’s not the universal rule. If a President anywhere in the world feels very bad and concerned about a situation, he is free to express such views. Now, we should stop comparing apples with oranges. If an organisation is proscribed, it is different from any other which is not proscribed.

“Two, what kind of an organisation gives directives to its members to attack police stations, to kill policemen, to attack correctional centres, to kill warders and you are now saying that Mr. President does not have the right to express his dismay and anger about that?

“By whatever name, you can’t justify giving orders to kill policemen or to kill anybody you do not agree with.

“You see, we are not going to be be fooled by anybody. We have a country to rule and we will do so to the best of our ability. Twitter’s mission in Nigeria citing those two examples is very suspect. What is their agenda?”

Asked why Sheik Gumi whose comments have been justifying Boko Haram actions has not been picked, the minister replied: “You are again mixing things. If an organisation is proscribed ab initio, that organization does not exist in that country. There are many Nigerians, for instance, who have been inciting people against government.

“What did Gumi say that is inciting that you are comparing him to Kanu? What we’re discussing is different. We’re discussing Twitter. If you want to ask any question about Gumi or any other person, go ahead but please, be objective.

“There are so many people who have been spewing hate against Mr. President, against this government. So, if you want to comment, be fair, don’t take a position which is not objective.

“If we were to pick up everybody today who have been abusing this administration, the detention centres will be filled up and you will be the first person also to talk about lack of tolerance, lack of rule of law.”