Former United States President, Donald Trump has commended the Nigeria government’s decision to suspend Twitter activities in the West African country.
In a statement, Trump said, “Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President.”
The ex-US President who had over 60 million followers on Twitter before his indefinite suspension, also encouraged other countries to follow in Nigeria’s footsteps and ban Twitter and Facebook.
Trump added, “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. 2024?” added Trump.
Trump’s comments come days after Nigeria suspended Twitter indefinitely for deleting President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet for violating its abusive behaviour policy and several calls by Nigerians to take it down.
President Buhari’s tweet threatened to punish secessionists in the south eastern part of the country for repeated attacks on government infrastructure.
The Nigerian government has since ordered all broadcasting media to delete their Twitter accounts and stop using the platform as a news source.
Armstrong Idachaba, Director General at the National Broadcasting Commission said television and radio stations are urged to de-install twitter handles and “desist from using twitter as a source of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially Phone-in.”