The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has accused Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder, of sponsoring ENDSARS protests and ultimately causing the destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria.
Nigerians, mostly young citizens, mobilised via the social media platform, Twitter, to coordinate protests across the country last year against police brutality. The protesters also demanded for police reforms and justice for victims of police brutality.
During an interview on Radio Nigeria, the Minister alleged that Dorsey helped procure a bulk of the funds which helped fuel the protests.
He added that Dorsey was responsible for the numerous loss of lives and properties recorded during the protests.
According to the minister, the carnage during the EndSARS movement resulted in the loss of lives, including 37 police officers, six soldiers, 57 civilians, with destruction of properties worth billions of naira.
The tension between the Nigerian government and Dorsey follows the ban on Twitter operations in the country, after the site deleted a divisive tweet by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
In defence of the government’s decision, the minister said Twitter provided a platform for those with the intention of destroying Nigeria.
The minister, while addressing the freedom of speech impediment brought about by the Twitter ban, said that the country had to be in peace before its citizens can aim to exercise freedom of speech and seek a source of livelihood.