Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Twitter, has been threatened for declaring his support for the ongoing campaign aimed at getting the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) reformed.
Since last week, demonstrations demanding the scrapping of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) began nationwide and has refused to wane despite police boss, Mohammed Adamu, scrapping the brutal squad often accused of extortion, killings and violations of human rights.
In a Wednesday tweet, Mr Dorsey joined the online campaign, tweeting with the #EndSARS hashtag. He thereafter shared a link asking his followers to financially support young Nigerians who are mainly participating in the protests nationwide.
— jack (@jack) October 14, 2020
Moments later, a user on the micro-blogging site, Adamu Garba II, threatened the Twitter chief with a lawsuit, warning him to hands off the development in Nigeria.
“It’ll do you a lot more good if you stay away from Nigerian Politics. You should know that the so-called #EndSARS protest have transformed into political agitation, capable of breaking law & order in our country. You should not be a moral & financial sponsor to this,” Mr Garba, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Yobe State, said in a statement on the micro-blogging site.
“This is Nigeria, most of the demands initially presented was attended to by the responsible authorities. SARS no longer exist in this country.
“Your support for a disbanded entity was a needless interference. We cannot allow killings again in Nigeria in the name of protests.
“I understand that this may play well to your business, you have more content, more people & more activity on your platform, but to us is about life, peace & security of our dear Country, we cannot allow you to be part of the people sponsoring disorder. We need peace & prosperity.
“I can see you are even sharing a link for people to donate money for this protest, an event capable of escalation beyond our already overstretched security management.
“If this protest continued to evolved into disorder (hopefully not). As a Nigerian citizen, we’ll meet in court, Thank you,” the politician added.
It’ll do you a lot more good if you stay away from Nigerian Politics. You should know that the so-called #EndSARS protest have transformed into political agitation, capable of breaking law & order in our country. You should not be a moral & financial sponsor to this. https://t.co/slhwmOnCMY
— Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) October 14, 2020