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Buhari's misrule pushed Twitter to choose Ghana over Nigeria - PDP

BY: Kweku Zurek
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Nigeria's biggest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the decision of Twitter to set up its African Headquarters in Ghana instead of Nigeria on what it described as the "unabating misrule" of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said Twitter's preference for Ghana over Nigeria was occasioned by inconsistent economic policies, obnoxious suppression of free speech, stifling of online freedom and open internet by the Buhari administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party also lamented the development considering the fact that Nigeria has more Twitter users than Ghana.

It added that the preference of Twitter for Ghana over Nigeria demonstrates that the Buhari administration's claims on ease of doing business in Nigeria were false.

"The PDP says Twitter's preference for Ghana over Nigeria was occasioned by inconsistent economic policies, obnoxious suppression of free speech, stifling of online freedom and open internet by the Buhari administration and the APC," the statement said.

"This is in addition to infrastructural decay, massive corruption and manifest failure of the Buhari Presidency and the APC to address the escalated insecurity brought upon our nation by their incompetent watch.

"Indeed the decision by Twitter to bypass Nigeria to locate its African operational base in Ghana is another sad commentary of how our nation, which was hitherto a global investment hub under the PDP, has now been so degraded in global economic competitiveness under the APC".

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Why Ghana

Twitter in a statement said the decision to commence its African expansion with Ghana stems from the country’s dealings with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as well as its support for democracy, online freedom and free speech.

“As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa,” the statement read.

Read the entire PDP statement below;

April 14, 2021

Press Statement

Buhari, APC's Misrule Pushed Twitter to Locate African HQ In Ghana Instead of Nigeria, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) laments that the unabating misrule of the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) pushed Twitter to take its African Headquarters to Ghana instead of Nigeria, despite the fact that Nigeria has far more twitter traffic and more business prospects than Ghana.

The PDP says Twitter's preference for Ghana over Nigeria was occasioned by inconsistent economic policies, obnoxious suppression of free speech, stifling of online freedom and open internet by the Buhari administration and the APC.

This is in addition to infrastructural decay, massive corruption and manifest failure of the Buhari Presidency and the APC to address the escalated insecurity brought upon our nation by their incompetent watch.

Indeed the decision by Twitter to by-pass Nigeria to locate its African operational base in Ghana is another sad commentary of how our nation, which was hitherto a global investment hub under the PDP, has now been so degraded in global economic competitiveness under the APC.

Nigerians were heavily despaired on Monday when the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, announced that his company will be setting up its headquarters on the continent in Ghana despite Nigeria's domineering Twitter traffic in the sub-region.

With an estimated 39,6 million Twitter subscribers in Nigeria, which is bigger than the population of Ghana, Nigeria ought to be the destination, but for the anti-people policies of the APC administration.

It is sad that our nation has continued to lose huge foreign direct investments, which would have brought in more economic opportunities, especially for our youths, just because the Buhari Presidency and the APC lack the capacity to deliver on good governance.

The preference by Twitter for Ghana over Nigeria has further demonstrated that the Buhari administration's claims on ease of doing business in Nigeria are mere media hypes.

Moreover, if President Buhari and the APC have the interest of the struggling youth demography of our nation at heart, they ought to have taken the necessary proactive steps to ensure that Twitter brought this huge investment to Nigeria, particularly given that we have the highest number of Twitter users on the continent.

It is indeed disturbing that the Buhari administration is taking no decisive steps to address the worsening situation in our country, which has become the world poverty capital under their watch.

The incompetence, insensitivity, corruption and laid-back attitude of the Buhari administration have continued to bring woes to our nation with an escalated 33% unemployment rate, closure of over 40 million hitherto vibrant businesses with millions of families now unable to afford the basic necessities of life.

It is painful that despite our national potentials. President Buhari administration has not shown the required commitment of engaging foreign investors and captains of industries to attract investments as being done by Presidents of other countries.

Instead, the Buhari Presidency is only interested in accumulating foreign loans and mortgaging the future of our nation.

It has therefore become clearer that our nation cannot achieve any headway with the APC on the saddle.

The PDP, therefore, charges Nigerians to remain focused as we collectively rally on the opportunities granted by democracy to rescue our nation from the stranglehold of APC misrule.

Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary