FG reacts to location of Twitter African headquarters in Ghana



Federal Government has blamed media and some unpatriotic Nigerians for choice of over Nigeria for citing of Twitter continental headquarters.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in an interview on Thursday in Abuja said development would serve as a lesson for Nigerians to be patriotic in managing the image of the

Mohammed said Nigeria with about 25 million twitter users against ’s eight million users, it was a natural expectation that Nigeria would have been the choice by Twitter to locate its headquarters for the continent.

“The reasons cited by Twitter for citing the headquarters in Accra, is that Accra is a champion of democracy and there is rule of law in the , among reasons

“This is what you get when you de-market your .

“The media is more to blame for this which most times exaggerate the in the country.

“At no time was this worse than during the EndSARS protest when Nigerian journalists both traditional and new media were trying to outdo themselves in painting Nigeria as a hell where nobody should live.

“When they all conspired to vilify not just the government the people of Nigeria,’’ he said.

The minister said he was pleased with the U.S. report which vindicated the Nigerian government that no single live was lost at the Lekki Toll Gate as opposed to what the majority of the media reported.

“We saying that you should not criticise the country be fair and patriotic.

“When you destroy your own house, where are you going to live?

“You can imagine the kind of job opportunities that citing that headquarters in Nigeria would have generated, the kind of visibility it would have given Nigeria we destroyed it,’’ he said.

Mohammed said “it is what the insiders say about their country that the outsider will use to judge and condemn the country’’.

He said the development would serve as a lesson for people to be patriotic and manage the image of the country better.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the U.S. -based social media company, Twitter on Monday announced Accra, Ghana as its choice for the location of its headquarters for Africa.

Twitter Chief Officer Jack Dorsey had the announcement via his twitter handle. (NAN)