The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has revealed more reasons the Twitter ban in Nigeria may not be suspended soon.
He said this during a call-in programme by Radio Nigeria monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.
Lai Mohammed confirmed that Twitter has written to the Federal Government to resolve the issue. He reiterated that Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, contributed immensely to the losses the country made to the #EndSARS nationwide protest.
According to the Minister, Jack and his team raised funds for the protest through cryptocurrencies and also retweeted some tweets by the supporters of the protest in order to kindle the ember of the protest globally.
He also backed his accusations with the EndSARS emoji launched by Twitter during the protest, in order to aid its publicity.
The minister 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 the 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 organisations 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.”