Twitter-banned former U.S., President Donald Trump, has expressed support for the Buhari government over its decision to block access to Twitter.
In a statement on Tuesday, Trump congratulated Nigeria and called on more nations to follow suit, New York Post reports.
Trump said in an emailed statement:
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.
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 [Facebook founder Mark] Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?
Donald Trump got a permanent ban from Twitter in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Facebook also announced on Friday that its own ban on the former president would remain in place until at least Jan. 7, 2023, but could be extended.
Recall that Trumpwas an ardent user of the microblogging platform while he was in office; although he had many of his tweets flagged as they always appeared controversial.
In the meantime, Nigerians have chosen to bypass the Federal Government directive by using VPNs to access their Twitter accounts. They went further to challenge the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to come and arrest them.
Recently, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) directed all broadcasting outfits to suspend the use of their Twitter accounts or face the wrath of the law.