Nigeria suspends Twitter after it removed the president's post

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New Delhi : Nigeria on Friday announced an indefinite suspension of Twitter activities, two days after it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari 's tweet that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government had acted because of "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence."

He did not give details of what type of suspension has been imposed. The news of Twitter's suspension was announced on Twitter.

When asked about the details of the suspension, a ministerial aide told Reuters: “Wait and see how things will turn out.”

On Wednesday, Twitter removed President Muhammadu Buhari's tweet claiming that it had violated Twitter’s “abusive behaviour” policy.

Meanwhile, Twitter was found to be working in the capital Abuja and commercial hub Lagos on Friday.

A spokesperson for Airtel, one of Nigeria’s largest mobile carriers, on Friday declined to say whether the company had received any government directives about the suspension.