By Emmanuel Nduka
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday tweeted for the first time since the country reversed the ban it imposed on Twitter in June last year.
The Nigerian Government had imposed the ban on the social media platform after it deleted tweets of Buhari, in which he referenced the Nigerian Civil War, and threatened to deal with those behind insecurity in the “language they understand”.
Buhari took advantage of the Sallah celebration to share photos of himself observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayer with others Muslim faithful at the Mambila Barracks Parade Ground in Abuja.
This comes months after the Nigerian Government lifted the ban which lasted till early January this year.
In a series of tweets in commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr, Buhari who was accompanied by his family and aides, spoke lightly about the fight against insurgency.
“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,” he tweeted.
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. pic.twitter.com/S2TFaV2ISR
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 2, 2022