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Reactions As President Buhari Returns To Twitter Eleven Months After

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 2 returned to the popular microblogging platform, Twitter, eleven months after.

The Nigerian government had on 5 June 2021 banned the operations of Twitter in Nigeria after the platform deleted a tweet from the President’s handle for violating its rules and regulations.

The ban was listed after six months precisely on 13 January 2022 after critics and negotiations.

While many of his aides and government officials had returned to the bird app since January, President Buhari has refused to use the social media platform.

The Nigerian leader, however, stirred a barrage of reactions today after he took to the bird app to congratulate Muslims as they celebrate 2022 Eid El Fitr.

Having congratulated all Muslim faithful in his Sallah Day message, President 

Buhari makes a thread on the state of the nation.

He asserted that normality is finally beginning to return to the Northeastern part of the country which has been massively affected by insurgents.

Buhari also hailed his administration saying it is getting impressive reports of the special operations to curb crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the South-South, with millions of illegally refined products being impounded and illegal refineries destroyed.

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President Buhari again condemned the disturbing rise in criminal attacks targeting law enforcement and public facilities in the South East.

Accusing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) of being culprits, he assured the country that the government is making efforts to get rid of the group front the region.

While citizens returned the president’s Sallah day greetings, some were quick to mock his return to the microblogging app after banning the same months ago.

Read the thread by the President below: 

“I would like to send my greetings and very best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world, on the successful end of Ramadan, and the commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr”.

“After a period of fasting and reflection, this year, we have cause to welcome the occasion in hope. The battle waged against terrorists who falsely masquerade under the name of Islam is approaching its conclusion”.

“The fight has been long and hard. Final victory is within sight. Boko Haram and its offshoots’ final embers are now fading”.

“Last month, the leader of ISWAP was killed in an airstrike. Since the New Year, thousands of fighters have surrendered”.

“The territories they used to occupy are now seeing the return of those who were forced to flee their barbarity. Normality is finally beginning to return to the Northeast. It is a long process. Yet it is one we are, together, now embarking upon”.

“With the designation of bandit groups as terrorists, the challenges of banditry & kidnapping are being tackled differently in the North-West and North-Central where the latest military acquisitions and Armed Forces are being fanned out across the region to thwart acts of terror”.

“The administration is equally getting impressive reports of the special operations to curb crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the South-South, with millions of illegally refined products being impounded and illegal refineries destroyed”.

“While we are making progress cleaning the environment, some evil people are busy causing more pollution and destruction”.

“In response to the disturbing rise in criminal attacks targeting law enforcement and public facilities in the South East, concerted military operations to rid the region of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) elements have, in recent weeks, led to the overrunning of IPOB/ESN bases, the seizure of weapons and the arrest of a large number of suspects.” 

“I have recently approved the establishment of a Naval Base in Oguta, Imo State, among other interventions to strengthen the security of lives, property and critical national infrastructure in the region”.

“The reinvigoration of the war against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking is also showing positive results as shown by the arrest of over 12,300 offenders including seven drug barons; the conviction of 1,400, counseling and rehabilitation of about 8,000 drug users”.

“The seizure of over 3.4 million kilograms of drugs and cash worth over N130 billion, all in 2021 has been recorded while the first Quarter of this year has seen the arrest of no fewer than 3,536 offenders including security personnel and a well-known billionaire drug baron”.

“The seizure of more than 65,000 tons of assorted drugs in this period sets a record for the nation”.

“On every front we are working hard to secure our nation. I expect increased coordination and cooperation among security agencies; the silo approach among the agencies must come to an end”.

“On my part I will continue to ensure that there is no shortage of funds to provide security for the citizens of Nigeria”.

Eid Mubarak!

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