In a statement, the Nigerian government stated it was unaware of the contentious tweet made by President Muhammadu Buhari last month, which was later deleted by the site. Federal Attorney-General and the federal government ( FG ) maintained they were not aware of the tweet, according to a counter-affidavit filed before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court in response to litigation brought by Inibehe Effiong, a human rights lawyer.
The AGF, the Minister of Information, and the Federal Government are also named as defendants in the claim.
In a counter-affidavit, Ilop Lawrence, a litigator at the Federal Ministry of Justice on behalf of the AGF and FG, testified that the AGF and FG were not aware of any tweet purportedly emanating from President Muhammadu Buhari that Twitter investigated and deemed to violate Twitter regulations.
According to President Mohammed Buhari’s tweet “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.”
Following Twitter’s removal of Mr. Buhari’s message, the Nigerian government claimed that the microblogging site had been banned because it was believed to have been used to foment insurrection.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement that Twitter’s goal in Nigeria is “very questionable”.
“Has Twitter deleted the violent tweets that Nnamdi Kanu has been sending? Has it? The same Twitter during the END SARS protests that were funding END SARS protesters, it was the first to close the account of the former president of the US, Trump”, he said.
“Twitter had become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter who constantly use the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run-down government structures, and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.”
“Every attempt by the defendant to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and was not taken seriously”, the Nigerian government stated in its Counter-affidavit.
The authorities also claimed that Twitter and its creator, Jack Dorsey, were responsible for the violence that erupted during last year’s #EndSARS protests.
Nigerians continue to use Twitter despite the ban, according to the government.
Once Twitter can and has fulfilled Nigerian rules, including registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, they said they will no longer suspend Twitter’s use in Nigerian cyberspace.