Donald Trump, a former President of the United States, has praised Nigeria for banning the popular microblogging site, Twitter.
In addition, he had also called on other countries to follow suit.
1st News reports that Trump had infamously described Nigeria as a shithole country during his time in office.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Trump expressed regrets for not toeing Nigeria’s path while he was president of the United States. Also, he had appeared to suggest that he would consider banning Twitter if elected again in the 2024 presidential election.
”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 meantime, 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?’
Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Nigeria had banned Twitter operations after a tweet by President Buhari was deleted.
The tweet made a reference to Nigeria’s 30-month long bloody civil war; an internal conflict that led to the deaths of millions. Twitter had deleted the tweet and said it violated its policies against abusive behaviour as it rules prohibit promoting or threatening violence.
The development has since ignited a storm of angry reactions from Nigerians and other international bodies.
Equally important, Trump’s statement hailing Nigeria’s action appeared to confuse Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, with Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Trump was permanently banned by Twitter a day after the deadly riots at the US Capitol on January 6. He was accused by Twitter accused him of using his account – which had close to 90 million followers – to incite violence.
Trump has also been suspended from Facebook for two years.
The former president was very active on Twitter during his time in office. In addition to using his handle to make important statements, he also used it to tackle perceived opponents and rally his supporters.