Former Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has urged the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, to hold presidential spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed accountable for a tweet on the ‘Nigerian Civil War’ posted on its platform by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
The former Governor made this statement on his official twitter account, @GovAyoFayose, while reacting to the deletion of Buhari’s tweet by Twitter, Wednesday.
Fayose, who is one of Buhari’s ardent critics wrote: “A President who cannot address his own people in time of crisis can certainly not be the one tweeting on the crisis. Twitter should rather hold Garba Shehu, Lie Mohammad and co accountable.
“It is obvious that those using the President’s powers for him do not know when and where to stop their power. Regrettably, Twitter may not know that Buhari is not the one operating the handle.”
The New Diplomat had reported Buhari, who was reacting to the destruction of 42 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) buildings across Nigeria, primarily in the Southeast, had on Wednesday threatened to “shock” those responsible for the arson.
One the tweets on the President’s tweet reads: “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 in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,”
Buhari’s tweet has now been deleted by the social media giant as Twitter claimed it violated its rules, something the Nigerian government has harshly criticised, alleging Twitter of operating with double standards on issues regarding Nigeria.