Lai Mohammed Breaks Silence on Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Williams Kumuyi’s Use of Twitter
Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that Nigerians who accessed micro-blogging site, Twitter, will be prosecuted irrespective of who is involved.
He made this known during an interview with BBC Africa Focus on Monday while reacting to Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Pastor Williams Kumuyi’s use of Twitter even after its ban
“Well, the office of the Attorney General has made it clear that if anybody violates the regulation, such a person will be prosecuted.”
“They will decide on who to prosecute and who not to prosecute.” the minister said.
Mohammed also stressed that the persistent use of Twitter in Nigeria is undermining the country’s corporate existence.
“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
“Also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licencing all social media operations in Nigeria,” he said
Recall that Pastor Adeboye had tweeted on Monday with his personal and RGGC accounts and further justified his use of the platformwith 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.”
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 State Governor Seyi Makinde, Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai, and Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu, had also used the platform after it was banned by the Buhari government.