In reaction to the threat he issued against those whom he said want his administration to fail, Nigerians are demanding the suspension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Twitter handle.
Mr Buhari had on Tuesday vowed to deploy in his civil war experience in dealing with growing insecurity across the nation.
He made the threat after meeting with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“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,” Buhari tweeted. “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Angered by his remarks which many described as genocidal, Nigerians called on the owner of the micro-blogging site, Jack Dorsey, to suspend the account of their president like he did to that of former president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
Below are some reactions captured by this reporter.
I'm deeply shocked that a president of a democratic country will publicly tweet this out to the whole world, laying threats on innocent citizens, more especially targeting and ethnic group is mind blowing@jack @TwitterSupport this account should be banned ASAP@UN @UKParliament https://t.co/SLtKkF3tb1
— Kelvindip (@kelvindip) June 1, 2021
Presently our President is suffering from schizophrenia https://t.co/40xkim5n9S
— Unknown GunMen (@FRBandits) June 1, 2021
— TheStoryteller (@Maduomatemple) June 1, 2021
— Terrence Nnamdi (@NnamdiTerrence) June 1, 2021
— Eyen Umoh (@akwadeltan) June 1, 2021
Dear @jack @TwitterGov @Twitter, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, with this tweet, threatened to attack civilians with the Nigerian Civil War strategy they used in annihilation of over 2million unharmed citizens.
— Oluwagbenga Ajongbolo (@arakunrinajos) 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
— SiNTiaGoR VaLeNTiNo (@SintiagorV) June 1, 2021
— HulkHogan (@DasFreidenker) June 1, 2021
— Bright Nwabueze (@NBright007) June 1, 2021
My God, this is so 'unpresidential' to say the list.
— JohnnyKabas Ufok (@Johnnykabas) June 1, 2021
Trump was suspended for less@jack please, this man just openly threatened the peace of Nigeria and Nigerian youths.
Kindly get him off your platform https://t.co/SXw3iDtzzt
— 𝕗𝕖𝕝𝕒 𝕃𝕍 🐾 (@badniggafela) June 1, 2021
— I.G (@IGoparaocha) June 1, 2021
— Emma ik Umeh (Tcee )🇳🇬 (@emmaikumeh) June 1, 2021
Hi @jack, the supposed president of Nigeria, via his platform, has just openly waged war against citizens of Nigeria over perceived attack on his administration. This is a selective response driven by ethnic bigotry. I have family in Nigeria and genuinely fear for their safety. https://t.co/vKKtspx6RT
— ₩onder₩oman ✪ (@NonyeBiko) June 1, 2021
— Concerned Nigerians (@ConcernedNIG) June 1, 2021
— Mr. Abraham (@AbrahamOkeke) June 1, 2021
@jack You suspended Donald Trump’s 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!
Nigerians RT aggressively https://t.co/QDWKlJbevd
— Chlorpheniramine #EndSARS 🇳🇬 (@VictorIsrael_) June 1, 2021
— svdney (@svdney98) June 1, 2021