Adamu Garba admits receiving funds from FG
Fresh bank documents have emerged of how Buhari’s administration funded Adamu Garba’s social media app Crowwe with a seed capital of N136.8 million hoping to use the platform to challenge Facebook and Twitter.
According to Peoples Gazette, documents shows how the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on May 21, 2019, transferred N136.8 million to Adamu’s software engineering firm IPI Solutions marking one of several transfers that sources said the Buhari regime advanced to Adamu Garba in the course of building the Crowwe app.
Recall that Buhari has relentlessly been looking for ways to control social media. The administration even went as far as coming up with a social media bill that was rejected. Recently it placed a ban on Twitter indefinitely a move Adamu Garba praised claiming that Twitter was ‘anti-Nigerian and actively supporting efforts to destabilise the country.
Adamu Garba saw Twitter ban as an opportunity for Nigeria’s to move to his own platform but his hope was dashed when google deleted his account from play store and in less than 24 hours Instagram yanked his account off.
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A source told People Gazette that t was while the government was trying to find ways to control the media space that Adamu Garba’s company was picked as one of the promising businesses that could proffer solutions,”
“The seriousness of controlling social media cannot be overplayed.” an administration official said
However, Garba’s app, Crowwe failed to appeal to the Nigerian populace. Many complained of the numerous glitches the app had and it was recently kicked out of the Google play store after garnering thousands of negative reviews.
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When confronted with the findings, Garba admitted that he received funds from the Nigerian government adding that “we do projects and receive payments from the central bank”.