Twitter has deleted a tweet on President Muhammadu Buhari’s page vowing to treat criminals “in language they understand”.
The action by Twitter occurred on Wednesday, hours after many Nigerians inundated the microblogging site with requests of removal of the controversial tweet and a suspension of the president’s account.
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”.
“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,” the president had tweeted.
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.
Some Twitter users directly accused the president of threatening to wipe out the Igbos via genocide and urged Twitter to suspend his account.
In an initial response on Wednesday, Twitter said President Buhari did not violate its rules, despite heavy criticisms that trailed the tweet.
“We’re writing to let you know that after reviewing the available information, we didn’t find a violation of our rules in the content you reported,” the company said.
But hours later, the microblogging site changed its stance and deleted the controversial tweet.
According to the social media platform, “this tweet violated the Twitter rules”.
However, unlike the case of former US president, Donald Trump, where it provided a specific reason for the removal of his tweets and eventual suspension of his account, Twitter did not provide further explanation for the removal of President Buhari’s tweet.