Former US president Donald Trump has praised Nigeria for banning the social media platform Twitter, a move which prompted international condemnation.
Trump, who is subject to a lifetime ban from the platform, issued a statement late on Tuesday, supporting the Nigerian government’s decision to suspend Twitter activities.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President.
“More countries should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech,” Trump said
“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. 2024?”
Nigeria announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter on Friday, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said.
The suspension came days after the platform removed a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari and suspended the account for 12 hours.
Nigeria joins the ranks of China, North Korea and Iran in issuing a ban on Twitter, while Uganda, Turkey and Egypt have suspended the app during elections or political unrest.