Former United States President Donald Trump has come out to offer his “Congratulations “ to Nigeria for banning social networking site Twitter.
In a controversial letter dated June 8, Trump called on other countries to “Ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech”.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President”.
Trump, who had more than 60 million followers on his Twitter handle was suspended from the social networks Twitter and Facebook in the wake of his defeat in the 2020 US Presidential Elections by Joe Biden.
Twitter explained his suspension due to Twitter violations saying Trump ‘mobilised’ his followers to invade the US Capitol over his defeat in the elections. Facebook on the other hand cited ‘Severe Violations ‘ by Trump.
“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard,” he said.
The former US president also stated his regrets for not taking action against Facebook and Twitter while he was the President of the US.
“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.
Despite receiving condemnation from various western governments Nigeria has insisted it will not lift the ban on Twitter until the firm shows remorse.
Since the suspension in Nigeria, Twitter has not reached out to Nigerian Government for dialogue or even offer a statement.