Nigerians on the microblogging platform, Twitter, have called on its CEO, Jack Dorsey to suspend the account of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari.
This follows Buhari's tweet which stated that his government will get “harder” on those hellbent on destroying Nigeria.
He said those wanting to destroy his government will receive the shock of their lives as his administration will do everything possible to ensure they fail.
The president said the sponsors and orchestrators of insecurity in the country are doing so because they want his administration to fail.
His tweet read, ”I receive daily security reports on the attacks on critical national infrastructure, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.
“I received a briefing today from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of attacks on their facilities nationwide. These attacks are totally unacceptable, and we will not allow those behind them to achieve their evil objectives.
“I have assured INEC that we will make available to them everything they need to operate efficiently, so that no one will say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We will meet all of INEC’s demands.
“In the area of security, we have changed the Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General, and we are demanding that they rise fully to the challenges confronting us. There must be zero tolerance for all those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection!
“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's Twitter account is currently being reported by Nigerians who understood the last part of the thread as threats against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its military wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Many have reminded the president of the consequences of the Nigerian civil war which lasted from 1967 to 1970, stating that such must not be repeated.
Also, social media users have likened President Buhari's statement to that of the former United States President Donald Trump which earned the latter a permanent suspension.
Trump's Twitter account was "permanently suspended... due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter had said.
Twitter said the decision was made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account".
Trump was locked out of his account for 12 hours after he called the people who stormed the US Capitol "patriots".
Hundreds of his supporters entered the complex as the US Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. The ensuing violence led to the deaths of four civilians and a police officer.
Twitter warned then that it would ban Trump "permanently" if he breached the platform's rules again. Trump posted two tweets further that the company cited as the final straws.
Below are tweets and comments by Nigerians calling for the suspension of Buhari's Twitter account:
Jack suspended Donald Trump and took him off Twitter for less. Buhariâs Twitter account should be gone for that tweet filled with threat to the lives of the citizens.— Adewale Adetona (@iSlimfit) June 1, 2021
Dear @Jack,— Savn Daniel (@savndaniel) June 1, 2021
This tweet violates the cardinal rules and regulations of @Twitter. This tweet is a direct call for the massacre of an entire ethnic group: the Igbos. This sweet stands heavily condemned. https://t.co/YvZLCyJwQd
Reporting this tweet is an Act of Patriotism. Don't lose the opportunity. https://t.co/b408PyHB5O— Deji Teyeð¿ð¦ð¨ð¦ (@mydeji247) June 1, 2021
This is a threat to the supposed citizens whose lives are meant to be a priority. Dear @jack, this is not acceptable. This handle should be removed as it's unfit to speak decent language. This is incisive, this is violent. Immediate action is needed @TwitterSupport @TwitterSafety https://t.co/XL4mUVYe39— STORIES THAT TOUCH (@SintiagorV) June 1, 2021
Dear @jack this Tweet violates @Twitter rules and principles. This President threatened a Genocide against over 30 million IGBOs living in Nigeria. Please suspend this account immediately. SB. https://t.co/KpzuTKqpxZ— Shina Balogun (@Govshina) June 1, 2021
Report Mr President account to be banned on Twitter App. Let's go https://t.co/D9b4rfEsO9— Charles E. O. ð¨ð¦ â (20-oct-2020) (@OziboOfficial) June 1, 2021
@jack You suspended Donald Trumpâs account because of Comments like this, President Of Nigeria Buhari has done the same thing, we Nigerians are reporting his account, Kindly take it down!— Chlorpheniramine #EndSARS ð³ð¬ (@VictorIsrael_) June 1, 2021
Nigerians RT aggressively https://t.co/QDWKlJbevd