Feb 4, 2021

Nigerian separatist Nnamdi Kanu's Facebook account removed for hate speech

Mr Kanu's page was removed for repeated violation of its community rules, the social networking site told the BBC. He had posted a video of a militia group attacking and killing cattle in a herders' settlement. Mr Kanu leads the Indigenous People of Biafra, which campaigns for independence for Nigeria's south-eastern region, where the ethnic Igbo people form the majority. Mr Kanu, who also has British nationality, used his Facebook page as a key platform to communicate with his followers around the world. A Facebook spokesperson told BBC Igbo: "In line with our rules, we removed Nnamdi Kanu's page for repeatedly posting content that break those Community Standards, including content that violated our rules on coordinating harm and hate speech." Nnamdi Kanu came to fame in 2009 when he started Radio Biafra and broadcast to Nigeria from London, using the platform to call for Biafran independence and urging his followers to take up arms against the Nigerian state.

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