The former US President Donald Trump, who has not been on good terms with the big social media corps recently, issued a statement on Tuesday welcoming Nigeria's decision to ban Twitter.
Trump also said more countries in the world should follow the footsteps of Nigeria and ban social media like Facebook and Twitter for restricting free speech.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard,” Trump said in the statement.
Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday the country’s decision to suspend Twitter is in the interest of national security and peace.
The Nigerian government on June 4 said it was indefinitely suspending Twitter’s operations in the country, two days after the social media network removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari where made a reference to the country’s 30-month civil war in 1967-1970, warning “those who wanted the government to fail” to desist from fomenting trouble.
Trump said, “competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil? Perhaps I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?”