The Federal Government has blamed Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, for the losses the country suffered during the EndSARS protest.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, made the allegation regarding Twitter on Tuesday, June 15, when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme.
According to the Minister, Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to sponsor 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 to donate via Bitcoins; and also 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 a 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 the Lagos State Government were burnt to ashes,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that the Federal Government has started repaying loans borrowed from China.
Towards this end, Amaechi in an interview with AriseTv on Monday, June 14, stated that the FG has never defaulted on loans; from other countries or international lenders.
1st News learned that Nigeria’s overall borrowing from China was $3.12 billion as of March 31, 2020, according to the Debt Management Office (DMO).
According to the ministry, President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration received $500 million from China; but just $150 million was refunded.
“What I am aware of is the fact that when you take the loan, you are expected to pay back; and as I am talking today, we are paying back,” Amaechi said.
“Under the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan, the loan for Abuja-Kaduna (rail line) was taken at about $500 million.”