FG Finally Reveals why Twitter did not set up Head Office in Nigeria
- The federal government has reacted to the choice of Ghana as the location for Twitter's African office
- Lai Mohammed faulted the way Nigerians criticise their country
- The minister said Twitter's decision will teach Nigerians a lesson
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The federal government has claimed that Twitter snubbed Nigeria and decided to set up its African office in Ghana because of unpatriotic citizens.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed made the claim on Thursday, April 15, when he spoke with journalists in Abuja, The Punch reported.
He explained that Nigeria with 25.4 million Twitter users, against eight million users in Accra, should have been the choice for the social media company.
The minister, however, said the negative way some citizens project the country likely prompted Twitter to choose Ghana above Nigeria.
''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 criticize the country but be fair and patriotic. When you destroy your own house, where are you going to live?''
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According to Vanguard, Mohammed said Nigeria would have benefited from job opportunities if Twitter had set up its head office in the country.
The minister spoke on the backdrop of reactions from many Nigerians who feel Twitter’s African headquarters should be located in Nigeria considering the millions of Nigerians who use the social media service.
Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the statement by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claiming Twitter established its African headquarters in Ghana instead of Nigeria due to alleged misrule by President Buhari-led administration.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, April 14, sighted by Legit.ng, the APC disagreed with the PDP's statement.
To counter the PDP's allegations, the ruling party highlighted some foreign/multinational companies that have set up or announced their plans to locate their offices in Nigeria.