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 becomes 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.
National Publicity Secretary