Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has blamed the Nigerina media and those he described as ‘unpatriotic’ Nigerians for the choice of Ghana by Twitter’s as its headquarters in Africa.
Recall that Twitter’s Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Jack Dorsey, had on Monday announced that the microblogging platform will set up its Africa head office in Ghana.
The announcement had generated reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter over the company’s choice of Ghana.
But in an interview on Thursday in Abuja, Alhaji Mohammed said that the development would serve as a lesson for Nigerians to be patriotic in managing the image of the country.
Maintaining that it was expected that the microblogging platform would site its headquarters in Nigeria, with about 25 million Twitter users, against Ghana’s eight million users, the minister said, “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 the country, among other reasons. This is what you get when you de-market your country.
“The media is more to blame for this, which most times exaggerate the challenges 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 one another in painting Nigeria as a hell, where nobody should live.
“When they all conspired to vilify, not just the government, but the people of Nigeria. We are not saying that you should not criticise the country, but 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, but we destroyed it. It is what the insiders say about their country that the outsider will use to judge and condemn the country.”
The minister said that the development would serve as a lesson for people to be patriotic and manage the image of the country better.