Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed says Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, are vicariously liable for the losses the country suffered during the EndSARS protest.
The Miniter who was on Tuesday a guest on “Politics Nationwide,” a Radio Nigeria call-in program monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to sponsor the EndSARS protests while his platform, Twitter, was used to fuel the crisis.
Mohammed said when he made the allegations earlier Nigerians did not take him seriously, however until investigations were carried out by an online media outfit.
The minister said the online publication confirmed that Dorsey retweeted some posts by coalitions supporting the EndSARS protests and further launched an emoji to make the protest visible on the microblogging site.
“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,” he said.
“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 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.”
He however said it was unfair to conclude that Twitter was suspended because it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.
He said the government took the action because the platform was being used to promote the views of those who wanted to destabilize the country.
“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 destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.
“Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken seriously,” he said.
The minister said the Federal Government has no apology to offer to those unhappy over the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.
He said a country must exist in peace before people could exercise freedom of speech and fight for a source of livelihood.