@csrf

15.04.2021 news Lai: Twitter Chose Ghana Because Nigerians Demarketed Their Country

Published 15th Apr, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has blamed Nigerians for Twitter’s decision to host its Africa headquarters in Accra, Ghana. Lai said that Nigeria lost out because Nigerians de-marketed the country.

Speaking to the media, in a video released on Thursday by the official Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, he said: “The pasttime of most Nigerians, especially the media, is to find fault and most times exaggerate the challenges the country is facing and at no time was this better said as during the EndSARS protests where Nigerian journalists, both tradition and new media, were trying to outdo themselves in painting Nigeria as a hell where nobody should live.”

READ ALSO: EXCLUSIVE: Over N200m Fraud in Lai Mohammed’s Ministry of Information and Culture

He towed an argument similar to that of Sterling Bank CEO, Abubakar Suleiman, who had questioned why Nigerians were surprised when they referred to their country as a zoo.

Lai called for patriotism and fair criticism from Nigerians, saying: “When you destroy your own house, where are you going to live? You can imagine the job opportunities that citing that headquarters in Nigeria would have created.  

“You can imagine the kind of visibility it would have given Nigeria but we destroyed it. And don’t forget that it is what the insiders say that the outsiders would use to judge you or condemn us. This is a good example that Nigerians should learn better to manage the image of the country.”

He said Twitter’s decision to site its Africa headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was not a commercial or business one. He noted that Nigeria has about 25 million Twitter users as against Ghana’s 8 million. He expressed hopes that Nigeria losing out on having Twitter’s headquarters would serve as a lesson to Nigerians.

“This is what you get when you demarket your own country. Where they all conspired to vilify, not just the government but the people of Nigeria,” he said.

“And I thank God that the last US report has vindicated the government that no single life… there is no corroboration or evidence that anybody was killed at the Lekki Toll Gate as opposed to majority of the media actually presented. I think this would teach all of us a lesson that we have no country but Nigeria.

Explaining its choice of Ghana, Twitter had said: “As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate.

“Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.”

Published 15th Apr, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

Advertisement

Our Stories

Saheed Babalola

US-Based Nigerian Refuses to Pay Back ‘$4,553 Borrowed From Ex-Lover’

Jumia mobile app

Student Suspects Foul Play in Jumia’s Handling of His N11,000

Abubakar Ali Peters

EFCC Reveals Role of Ali Peters, Nadabo Energy Ltd MD, in ‘N1.4bn Fraud’

Nancy Brophy

Nancy Brophy Wrote the Book ‘How to Murder Your Husband’. Now, She’s on Trial for Murder of Husband

Big Bottling Company

Big Bottling Company ‘Blacklists’ Vendor Over Disagreement on Price, Delivery Date

Russian Soldiers

US Advisor: Russia Blocking Food From Entering Africa, America

Clash

Minister Confirms Seeing ‘4 Corpses’ as Traders, Riders Clash in Abuja

Standard Life Alliance Empowerment

After Denying Investors Their Funds at Maturity, Standard Alliance Life Assurance Shuts Down Offices

INTERPOL Officer

Despite Court Order Striking Out Case, INTERPOL Declares Blogger Wanted

Accident

Colonel’s Wife Disobeys Court Order to Surrender Truck After Her Driver Caused an Accident — And the Police Are Helpless

Advertisement