Facebook : ” Zuckerberg is Not Coming To Nigeria”

Social network Facebook has denied reports saying that
its founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg
is planning to visit the oil rich Niger Delta in Nigeria. Earlier this month, several
publications in Africa reported that
the popular social network’s
founder could visit Nigeria’s Akwa
Ibom state in May. Akwa Ibom state
is situated along the Niger Delta, which has waterways that cover
70,000 km². And publications such as Nigeriacommunicationsweek.com reported that the chairman of the Niger Delta Young
Professionals, Moses Siasia, said that Zuckerberg had
been invited as one of its guest speakers during his
group’s youth economic summit. The summit is scheduled to take place in the Nigerian
city of Uyo from May 28 to May 29, it was reported. According to Siasia, the summit is planned for young
professionals from the Niger Delta to come together to
discuss entrepreneurship and look at economic
challenges in the area. But Linda Griffin, Pan-Euro policy communications
manager at Facebook, has told ITWeb Africa that
Zuckerberg is not planned to visit the area in Nigeria. “I am writing to confirm that Mark will not be visiting
the Niger Delta at this time,” she said. Conflict has characterised the Niger Delta amid tensions
between oil corporations and a number of the Niger
Delta’s minority ethnic groups, who have said that they
are being exploited. Militant groups such as the Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) are also active
in the area. Mend says it aims to ‘expose’ exploitation and
oppression of the people of the Niger Delta and damage
to the natural environment organisations involved in
the production of oil in the Niger Delta. Mend further threatened last year to attack South
African investments, including telecoms firm MTN, in
the Niger Delta, because of the terror trial of its leader in

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