Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, are liable for the losses the country suffered during the #EndSARS protests.
Speaking on Tuesday on the radio program “Politics Nationwide” in Abuja, Lai Mohammed alleged that Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to sponsor the EndSARS protest while his platform, Twitter, was used to fuel the crisis.
Lai Mohammed said:
“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 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.”
Lai Mohammed also accused Twitter of promoting the secessionist views of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“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.”