Shehu Sani, a former senator, has said he does not doubt the intentions of Twitter in Nigeria as the company began sanctioning leaders violating its guidelines from its own country, the United States of America.
Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly, said this in a post on Twitter while reacting to the ban placed on the microblogging site in Nigeria by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government announced the suspension of Twitter on Friday, two days after the microblogging site deleted a tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari after it was deemed to have “violated the Twitter rules”.
President Buhari had after meeting with the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday following the attacks on the commission’s offices in the South-East region said his administration will treat those fomenting trouble in the country “in the language they understand”.
However, the president’s comment elicited varied responses, with many Nigerians saying on social media that he had just threatened to deal with innocent citizens over the actions of a negligent few.
Despite initially saying that President Buhari’s tweet did not violate its rules, Twitter reversed its stance later on Wednesday, deleting the tweet.
According to the social media platform, “this tweet violated the Twitter rules”.
But Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, had on Wednesday accused Twitter of double standards, insisting that the microblogging site’s rules are not the universal laws.
But reacting to the issue, Sani stated that Twitter’s action is not peculiar to Nigeria, noting that the US began “their charity from home” by dealing with a sitting US president.
The former lawmaker was referring to when the microblogging site deleted the tweets and subsequently deactivated the account of a former US president, Donald Trump, over his role in the January 6 riot on the US Capitol.
Trump was the incumbent president when Twitter took action against him.
“If Twitter has not for once acted against the President of the US, I could have doubted the sincerity of their action on others. They began their charity at home,” Sani tweeted.
If Twitter has not for once acted against the President of the US,I could have doubted the sincerity of their action on others.They began their charity at home.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) June 6, 2021
In a statement by Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture on Friday, the ban placed on Twitter was due to the “persistent use” of the platform in purportedly encouraging activities that “undermines Nigeria’s corporate existence”.