Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has blamed the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, for the losses the country incurred during last year’s EndSARS protest.
Mohammed said this when he appeared on a Radio Nigeria call-in programme in Abuja today June 14.
“If you ask people to donate money via bitcoins for EndSARS protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the outcome of the protests,” Mohammed said.
The Minister listed some of the losses incurred by the country saying “We have forgotten that EndSARS led to the loss of lives, including 37 policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth billions of naira were destroyed.
“164 police vehicles and 134 police stations were razed to the ground, 265 private corporate organisation were looted while 243 public property were looted.
81 warehouses were looted while over 200 brand new buses bought by Lagos State Government were burnt to ashes’’ he said
The minister said it was unfair to conclude that the operation of Twitter was suspended indefinitely because it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s message.
Lai Mohammed alleged that the microblogging site has consistently provided its platform to secessionist groups bent at destroying the corporate existence of Nigeria.
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of banned separatist group IPOB, often used Twitter to address his followers and spread his separatist agenda.
“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter. The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run down INEC offices and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty. Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken serious’’ he said