US former president, Donald Trump has in a recent statement supported the decision of the Nigerian government to suspend Twitter operations in the country.
Trump said in a statement:
“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 — all voices should be heard.”
He added that he regretted not banning social media while he was president.
“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. 2024?”
Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter in early January after instigating the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
Twitter cited concerns over the “risk of further incitement of violence” as reason for the ban.
He was also subsequently suspended indefinitely on Facebook, though the platform has started considering lifting the ban.