A previous presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, says Twitter is an “online machine” of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
On Friday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, announced the “indefinite” suspension of the micro-blogging platform in Nigeria.
The suspension comes days after a controversial tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was deleted.
Speaking on the development, Garba said Twitter is an “anti-Nigeria force” designed to destroy the country.
The former presidential candidate alleged that Twitter is sympathetic to separatists.
“Yes, I’m happy. Seriously. It is clearly showing that actions cannot just happen without consequences,” he said on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.
“Twitter, if you studied their move for the last two years, they have been more of an anti-Nigerian force, for the destruction of Nigeria than actually a platform that’s supposed to advocate for freedom of expression of Nigeria.
“Because if you look at what happened with the removal of some of the tweets of the president, I can’t see very strong or vile word than that of Nnamdi Kanu that was left to still be available on Twitter.
“We have a very serious crisis in the south-east, where these guys are destroying fundamental institutions of Nigerian democracy, INEC offices, police institutions and courts.
“They are killing people on the streets, destroying people’s properties, and then Twitter is behind them.
“I think Twitter is like a kind of IPOB online machine because what they do more is to support IPOB much more than the government. IPOB, everyone knows, they are anti-Nigeria. Their target is to destroy Nigeria.”
In October 2020, the former presidential aspirant filed a suit against Twitter and Jack Dorsey, its chief executive officer, for supporting the #EndSARS protests but later withdrew the suit in January 2021.