Lai Mohammed Blames Nigerians For Twitter’s Choosing Ghana For its African Headquarters Instead of Nigeria

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Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture

“You can imagine the kind of job opportunities that siting that headquarters in Nigeria would have created, the kind of visibility it would have given Nigeria but we destroyed it. It is what the insiders say about their country that the outsider will use to judge and condemn the country.”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lai Mohammed has blamed Nigerians as the reason Twitter chose Ghana to site its African Headquarters instead of Nigeria.

Earlier it was reported by Punchng that Twitter had chose Ghana as its African Headquarters, while Pornhub chose Nigeria, and this sparked reactions from so many Nigerians.

“Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, had revealed on Monday that it had finally set up an office in Africa and it would be in Ghana.”

The Minister, Lai Mohammed censured Nigerians for the action, saying it was caused by citizens unpatriotic behaviors on social media.

According to him, it was clear that Twitter did not make the decision for commercial reasons as that would have been questionable, since Nigeria have more twitter users 25.4 million than Ghana which is 8 million.

Lai Mohammed as qouted by Punchng spoke saying; “The natural expectation would have been for Nigeria to be the hub for Twitter especially in this part of Africa, even with the fact that we have 25.4 million Twitter users in Nigeria, against eight million users in Accra. So, clearly the decision was not a commercial and business one.

“But I think Twitter has the prerogative and the exclusive right as to where to site its headquarters. But I hope that this will serve as a lesson to Nigerians.

“The reasons cited by Twitter for citing the headquarters in Accra, Ghana is that Accra is a champion of democracy and there is rule of law in Accra, among other reasons.

“This is what you get when you de-market your own country. This will teach a lot of us a lesson that we have no country than Nigeria.

“We are not saying that you should not criticise the country but be fair and patriotic. When you destroy your own house, where are you going to live?

“You can imagine the kind of job opportunities that siting that headquarters in Nigeria would have created, the kind of visibility it would have given Nigeria but we destroyed it. It is what the insiders say about their country that the outsider will use to judge and condemn the country.”

The Minister made it clear that one reason is caused by the #EndSARS protest last year, which started on Twitter. Where Nigerians projected the image of the country negatively.

Also, during that period, Adamu Garba, a party member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had sued Twitter for supporting the #EndSARS protests, though he later withdrew the case.

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