Nigerian Minister Lai Mohammed Reveals How Twitter Founder Funded #EndSARS Protests

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  • Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has blamed Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, for the #EndSARS protests.
  • Lai alleged that Jack Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to bankroll the EndSARS protest while his platform, Twitter, was used to fuel the crisis.
  • The minister said the online publication confirmed that Dorsey retweeted some of the posts by some of the coalitions supporting the EndSARS protest.

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Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has blamed Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, for the #EndSARS protests.

Lai speaking during “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in program monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said Twitter should be held liable for the losses the country suffered.

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Lai alleged that Jack Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to bankroll the EndSARS protest while his platform, Twitter, was used to fuel the crisis.

He said when he made the allegations earlier, Nigerians did not take him seriously until an online media outfit carried out an investigation and fact-checking.

The minister said the online publication confirmed that Dorsey retweeted some of the posts by some of the coalitions supporting the EndSARS protest.

He said it was also confirmed that the Twitter founder launched fundraising asking people to donate via Bitcoins.

Lai said Jack Dorsey further launched Emoji to make the EndSARS protest visible on the microblogging site.

He said Dorsey also retweeted the tweets of some foreign 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 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 said.

The minister said it was unfair to conclude that the operation of Twitter was suspended indefinitely because it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s message.

He said the government was unambiguous that the action was taken because the platform was being used to promote the views of those who wanted to destabilize the country.

SOURCE: PUNCH NIGERIA

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