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Pastor Adeboye, Kumuyi, Fayose, FFK, Others Face Prosecution For The Use Of Twitter After Ban – Lai Mohammed

Adeboye, Kumuyi and Fayose.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has said that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami would ensure that Nigerians who accessed Twitter after the federal government proclaimed a ban on it would be prosecuted.

Lai Mohammed said the AGF Malami has made it clear that if anyone violates the regulation, that such person will be prosecuted and ensured that Nigerians who accessed Twitter, including Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Kumuyi, former governor Ayo Fayose, Ex-minister of Aviation, Femi Fani- Kayode and others after government proclaimed a ban on it would be prosecuted.

The Minister said this in an interview with BBC Africa Focus on Monday, when asked if Pastor Enoch Adeboye will be prosecuted for using Twitter, despite justifying his insistence on using the platform with Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 19 of the UDHR states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” 

Lai Mohammed emphasised in the interview that the persistent use of Twitter in Nigeria is undermining the country’s corporate existence and “The government has suspended indefinitely, the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because of the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence and the government

The Minister also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all social media operations in Nigeria, as according to him, Malami is in charge and has the final say on who to or who not to prosecute.

 “The attorney-general has made it clear that if anyone violates the regulation, that such person will be prosecuted. I think it is the right of the attorney-general to decide who to prosecute,” he said.

The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Monday insisted on using his Twitter account despite the ban on the social media platform by the Nigerian government and had tweeted on Monday thus, “The tweets here are in accordance to Article 19 of the UN universal declaration of Human Rights.”

Similarly, the General Overseer of Deeper Life Bible Church, Williams Kumuyi, said the mission’s tweets were targeted at its global audience spread across five continents and over 100 nations. “In view of the Twitter ban in Nigeria, please note that the content shared on this handle is targeted at a global audience in more than five continents and over 100 Nations and we share the content from any of these locations,” Mr Kumuyi said.

Oyo governor Seyi Makinde condemned the ban and used the banned platforms nonetheless just as the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El’Rufai also tweeted through his handle hours after government’s proclamation.

Similarly, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, former Ekiti State Governor,Ayo Fayose and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode all twitted, making us wonder who amongst these prominent Nigerians these very prominent Nigerians the Federal Government would fight.


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