Nigeria: Regime threatens to arrest Twitter users in tantrum over freezing of president’s account

Source: Axios

“The U.S., Canada, the European Union, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland issued a joint statement Saturday condemning Nigeria’s government for banning Twitter. The condemnation came a day after the country’s government threatened to arrest and prosecute any resident found using the app — which has been extremely popular in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. The action is in retaliation for the social media company temporarily freezing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s account. … witter removed a tweet posted by Buhari on Wednesday in which he vowed to punish people in the country’s southeastern region after recent attacks on public infrastructure. The company then froze Buhari’s account, saying he violated its ‘abusive behavior’ policy, and the government in turn banned its citizens from using the app.” (06/05/21)