Unpatriotic citizens made Twitter snub Nigeria for Ghana – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed has said unpatriotic Nigerians are the reason why tech giant, Twitter decided to make Ghana its African headquarters.
Mohammed stated this while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter had revealed on Monday that the social networking company had finally set up an office in Africa and it would be in Ghana.
Reacting to the development, Lai Mohammed said; “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.”
Continuing, Mohammed blamed Nigerians for projecting the image of the country negatively on social media platforms including Twitter, especially during the #EndSARS protests last October which started on social media.
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He stated; “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”.