Twitter dismissed the Nigerian government’s demand that the account of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu be blocked, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed revealed this on Tuesday.
Mohammed expressed this when he featured on ‘Politics Nationwide,’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The minister insisted that Twitter was suspended in Nigeria because the platform was being utilized to advance the promote on the individuals who wanted to destabilize the country.
Mohammed said that it was unfair to conclude that Twitter was suspended because of the fact that it deleted a tweet posted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter,” he said.
“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run down INEC offices and destroys all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.
“Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken serious.”
The minister added that the Nigerian government had no apology to offer to the individuals who were unhappy with the suspension of Twitter’s operation in the country.
He further urged that a nation should exist in peace before citizens could practice the freedom of speech.
Talking further, Mohammed accused the brutality and destruction of property recorded in parts of the country during the #EndSARS fights on Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey.
He alleged that Dorsey raised assets through bitcoins to support the #EndSARS fight while his foundation, Twitter, was utilized to fuel the emergency.
Mohammed cited an anonymous online medium which he claimed indicated Dorsey for his part in the protest through its investigation and independent fact-checking.
Mohammed said the online publication confirmed that Dorsey retweeted posts made by certain individuals from the alliance that supported the #EndSARS fight.
He said it was likewise confirmed that the Twitter author launched a raising money campeign for the protesters and requested that individuals give through bitcoins.
Lia Mohammed said Dorsey further launched an Emoji to make the #EndSARS protest visible on the microblogging website.
He further alleged that Dorsey retweeted the tweets of some foriegn and local supporters of #EndSARS.
“If you ask people to donate money via bitcoins for #EndSARS protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the outcome of the protest.
“We have forgotten that #EndSARS led to the loss of lives, including 37 policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth billions of naira was destroyed.
“One hundred and sixty-four police vehicles and 134 police stations were razed to the ground, 265 private corporate organizations were looted while 243 public properties were looted.
“Eighty-one warehouses were looted while over 200 brand new buses bought by Lagos State Government were burnt to ashes,’’ the minister added.
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