Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in reaction to Twitter’s choice of Ghana over Nigeria in siting the company’s continental headquarters, has blamed the country’s citizens and media for the decision taken by the tech company.
Alhaji Mohammed stated this while fielding questions from journalists on Thursday, as he was asked what he felt would be the implication of Twitter’s decision for Nigeria’s economy.
Read the ministers full reply below:
“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. 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.”
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Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, had announced on Monday that the tech company has set up its continental office in Ghana and this sparked the displeasure of Nigerians considering their heavy on the micro-blogging app known as the ‘bird app’.
🇬🇭 Twitter is now present on the continent.
— jack (@jack) April 12, 2021