There has been anger and insinuations in Nigeria, ever since Twitter chose Accra over Nigeria as the headquarters for its African operations. This has not gone well for so many Nigerians as they have blame it on the government.
According to the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Twitter decided to cite their headquarters for its African operations in Accra because Nigerians are not patriotic.
He made this known while speaking to newsmen in Abuja. Mohammed added that Twitter chose Accra because they abide by every law put in place by governments or institutions and are champions of democracy unlike Nigeria. And that Nigerians de-market the country which has resulted to Twitter taking such decisions.
The Minister also casted blames on media for being the tool used to devalue Nigeria and consistently disseminating false, negative and unverified reportage and painting Nigeria black as one of the worse country in the world.
Mohammed pointed back to the #EndSARS protest where journalists in the country, both new and traditional media told the world that Nigeria is not safe for people to live in.
He added that its not a crime to criticise the country when things go bad, but journalist should be patriotic and fair when doing reportage. "Where will you live, if you destroy your own house." He said.
Mohammed went further to say that, citing the headquarters in Nigeria would have generated job opportunities to Nigerians, but the opportunity was destroyed by same Nigerians who tell outsiders how bad the country is.
He also argued that Nigeria would have been the best location for Twitter business, judging from the fact there are not less than 25 millions Nigerians that has twitter accounts as compared to Ghana with just 8 million.
Mohammed therefore plead with Nigerians to be portray positive images of the country so that such great opportunity won't pass Nigeria again just like the case of Twitter.
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