Twitter snubbed Nigeria and decided to set up its African office in Ghana because of unpatriotic citizens.
This much was revealed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday, April 15, while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
He explained that Nigeria with 25.4 million Twitter users, against eight million users in Accra, should have been the choice for the social media company. The minister, however, said the negative way some citizens project the country likely prompted Twitter to choose Ghana above Nigeria.
He 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 Accra, among other reasons. This is what you get when you de-market your own country. This will teach a lot of us a lesson that we have no country than Nigeria.
“We are not saying that you should not criticize the country but be fair and patriotic. When you destroy your own house, where are you going to live?”
Mohammed said Nigeria would have benefited from job opportunities if Twitter had set up its head office in the country.
The minister spoke on the backdrop of reactions from many Nigerians who feel Twitter’s African headquarters should be located in Nigeria considering the millions of Nigerians who use the social media service.
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