The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed what it described as the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government as the reason for microblogging site, Twitter, to site its African headquarters in Ghana instead of Nigeria.
The PDP said this in a statement issued by Kola Ologbodiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Wednesday.
Twitter had on Monday in a statement jointly signed by Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead, Twitter and Co-Founder, Periscope; and Uche Adegbite, Director, Product Management, Global Markets, explained that it chose Ghana because the West African country is “a champion for democracy” and “a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet”.
According to the main opposition party, despite the fact that Nigeria has far more twitter traffic and more business prospects, Twitter chose Ghana because the Buhari-led administration has demonstrated the opposite of the aforementioned democratic ideals in its six years in power.
The statement read: 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.”
The PDP said Twitter’s alleged neglect of Nigeria for her West African rival also trashes the Federal Government’s said efforts in providing a conducive business environment for foreign investors.
The statement read: “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.”