Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has blamed the behaviour of some Nigerians for the decision of Twitter to snub the country and choose Ghana as its African headquarters.
Mohammed on Thursday during a chat with newsmen in Abuja said there is no way you devalue what you have and then expect others to embrace it.
He said while Twitter reserves the full right to choose any destination to cite its business, it remains clear that the decision of the social networking giants is not a commercial or business decision.
The Minister added that he hopes Twitter’s decision will serve as a lesson to Nigerians who have the habit of projecting the negative image of the country on social media.
It will be recalled that Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, on Monday said the company has chosen to set up its African office in Ghana.
Explaining the choice, Dorsey noted among other reasons that Ghana is a champion of democracy.
But reacting to the decision on Thursday, Minister Mohammed blamed those he described as unpatriotic Nigerians whom he accused of painting the country in a bad light during last year’s #EndSARS protest for demarketing the country.
He 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.”