The former President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has lauded President Mohammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Government over its suspension of the operations of Twitter in the country.
This was revealed in a statement on Tuesday night, by Trump. He commended the action and called on more countries to “ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.”
In his words:
“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.”
Recall that the Federal Government had come up to suspend Twitter in the country days after the microblogging site deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating its policy.
However, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, while announcing the suspension of the micro-blogging social network, said the suspension follows its abusive use for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Recall also that Twitter and Facebook had in January suspended Trump’s accounts indefinitely, after his followers invaded Capitol Hill over the outcome of the lost presidential race in November 2020
Before his suspension, Trump had more than 60 million followers. He noted that if Twitter and Facebook are banned, it will bring about competition in the social networking sites.
He lamented that he would have taken action against them while he was president.
“In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they 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,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, Facebook had also revealed on Friday announced that it had banned Trump from its two platforms – Facebook and Instagram – for two years, effective Jan. 7, 2021.
A statement by Nick Clegg, Vice-President of Global Affairs, noted the “severe violation” after Capitol Hill riots of January 6 adding that Trump’s accounts would only be reinstated if conditions permitted.
However, the former U.S. president had opened his website, www.donaldjtrump.com, to enable him to reach millions of his supporters.