Nigerian government suspends Twitter

The Nigerian government says it will indefinitely suspend the use of Twitter in the country. Officials of European and US embassies in Nigeria have criticized the move.

The company deleted a tweet that President Muhammadu Buhari posted on Tuesday that suggested retaliation for attacks on government buildings.

Twitter says the tweet violates its ban on posts that suggest violence.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said the mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very suspicious, and the government has a country to rule and it will do so to the best of its ability.

The local embassies of North American and European countries issued a joint statement on Saturday.

It says the Nigerian government's measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when the country needs to share vital information in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The operator of Twitter also expressed concern.

Nigerians are complaining that they cannot do business without Twitter, and many people say they are disappointed by the decision.