Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has blamed unpatriotic, judgemental Nigerians for the location of Twitter headquarters in Ghana.
Recall that Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey announced that Twitter headquarters for Africa will be set up in Ghana. There had been reactions from Nigerians on Twitter who felt the headquarters should have been in Nigeria. Some blamed the government and policies for the snub.
However, Lai Mohammed claims those who demarket Nigeria and project her negatively were to blame for Twitter’s decision
“The natural expectation would have been for Nigeria to be the hub for Twitter especially in this part of Africa, where 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 locate its headquarters. But I hope that this will serve as a lesson to Nigerians.”
“This is what you get when you demarket your own country. This will teach a lot of us a lesson that we have no country than Nigeria.”.
The minister noted that this decision will teach Nigerians to be fair and patriotic while criticising the country on social media platforms.
According to him, Nigeria has lost job opportunities and the visibility that would have been gotten if Twitter chose the country.
“We are not saying that Nigerians 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 citing 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,” Lai Mohammed added.