Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has stated that Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, are responsible for the losses experienced by the country during the EndSARS protests. He mentioned this during his appearance on Radio Nigeria on Tuesday.
Dorsey, according to Mohammed, solicited funding for the EndSARS protests using Bitcoins, while his platform, Twitter, was used to exacerbate the problem. The Minister added that when he first made the charges, Nigerians did not take him seriously until an internet media outlet conducted an inquiry.
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 organisation 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.”