Many non-governmental organizations functioning in Nigeria, according to Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, are working against Nigeria’s interests.
He emphasized this again on Saturday when he appeared on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s ‘Radio Link,’ a phone-in program.
The minister said Nigerians should be cautious of the operations of some NGOs in a show broadcast by the News Agency of Nigeria.
He claimed that the government had received indications that some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were on the payroll of foreign agents and translators with ulterior goals to destabilize Nigeria.
The minister cited the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, which filed a lawsuit against the federal government after Twitter was stopped.
“Today, many NGOs in Nigeria are not working in the best interests of the people of the country.
“Why, for example, will SERAP sue the Nigerian government because Twitter’s activities were banned, an entity that is a preferred venue for those seeking to destabilize the country?”
“Despite the tremendous amount of money it makes in Nigeria, this (Twitter) is an organization that was not incorporated in Nigeria, did not directly employ any Nigerians, and does not pay tax.”
“When we eventually reached an arrangement with Twitter, the same SERAP wrote to my office, asking for the terms and conditions of the agreement, which we provided,” he stated.