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Twitter Ban: Trump Gives Buhari A Pat On The Back

US President Donald Trump (R) and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shake hands after a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Jerome

Former United States President, Donald Trump has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending access to the micro blogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria.

Trump, in a statement on Tuesday night, commended Nigeria for the action, calling on more countries to “ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.”

However, the commendation of the former U.S President to the Nigerian president is an obvious pointer to a hit back at Twitter for over his own suspension from the micro blogging website in the heat of the 2020 presidential election.

Twitter and Facebook had in January suspended Trump’s accounts indefinitely.

The two social networking sites claimed that he used the platforms to mobilise his followers to invade Capitol Hill over the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election after he lost.

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

Facebook, in a statement by Nick Clegg, Vice-President of Global Affairs, cited “severe violation” after Capitol Hill riots of January 6 and that Trump’s accounts would only be reinstated if conditions permitted.

The former U.S. president had also opened his own personal website,, to enable him to continue reaching millions of his supporters.

Trump, an avid user of Twitter had more than 60 million followers before his suspension and is not known to be a fan of President Buhari.

Indeed, he had reportedly described Buhari as a ‘dull’ person months after the Nigerian President visited him at White House some months ago.

But while endorsing the ban of Twitter in Nigeria, Trump said similar action should be taken against Facebook to bring about competition in the social networking sites.

The former U.S. leader also expressed regrets for not acting against them while he was president.

“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,” Trump said.

Trump also made a veiled reference to his speculated 2024 presidential ambition by simply saying 2024?”

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had on Friday announced the suspension of the micro-blogging social network, days after Twitter deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating its policy.

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