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Trump hails Nigeria for banning Twitter

By Cecilia Ologunagba

Former US President Donald Trump praised Nigeria for suspending Twitter operations in the country.

Trump, in a statement released Tuesday evening, praised Nigeria for the action, calling on more countries to “ban Twitter and Facebook so as not to allow free and open speech.”

“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, which has just banned Twitter because it banned its president.

“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook so as not to allow free and open speech – all voices should be heard,” he said.

The federal government on Friday suspended operations of Twitter indefinitely because of its use for activities that could undermine the existence of the Nigerian company.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed announced the suspension of the micro-blogging social network, days after Twitter deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged policy violation.

Trump, who had more than 60 million followers before his suspension, said banning Twitter and Facebook would lead to competition on social media sites.

The former US leader also regretted not taking action against them while he was president.

“In the meantime, competitors will emerge and win. Who are they to dictate right and wrong if they themselves are wrong?

“Maybe I should have done it while I was president. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner to tell me how awesome I was, ”Trump said.

Trump also made a veiled reference to his speculative presidential ambition of 2024 by simply saying “2024? “

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts indefinitely in January.

Both social media sites claimed he used the platforms to mobilize his supporters to invade Capitol Hill over the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election following his defeat.

Facebook also announced on Friday that it had banned Trump from its two platforms – Facebook and Instagram – for two years, effective January 7, 2021.

Facebook, in a statement by Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs, cited a “serious breach” after the riots on Capitol Hill on January 6 and that Trump’s accounts would only be restored if conditions permitted.

The former US president also opened his own personal website, www.donaldjtrump.com, to allow him to continue to reach millions of his supporters. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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