Nigerian Government To Arrest and Prosecute Kumuyi, Adeboye, Others For Using Twitter Despite Ban
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said Attorney General Abubakar Malami will ensure that Nigerians who used Twitter after the federal government banned it, including Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Pastor Williams Kumuyi, will be prosecuted.
When asked if Mr Adeboye will be prosecuted for using Twitter, the Minister indicated this in an interview with BBC Africa Focus on Monday, despite supporting his use of the platform with Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought and expression,” according to Article 19 of the UDHR, “which includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any means and regardless of frontiers.”
In the interview, Mr Mohammed stressed that Nigeria’s continued usage of Twitter is jeopardizing the country’s corporate existence.
“Twitter operations in Nigeria have been suspended indefinitely by the government due to the platform’s continued use for actions that threaten Nigeria’s corporate existence and governance.
He also asked the National Broadcasting Commission to begin the process of licensing all social media businesses in Nigeria as soon as possible,” he stated.
Mr Malami, he claims, is in control and has the final decision on whether or not to prosecute someone.
Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney General, [Image courtesy of BusinessDay]
Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney General [Photo Credit: BusinessDay]
“The attorney general has stated unequivocally that anyone who violates the regulation would be prosecuted. “I believe it is the attorney general’s right to determine who to prosecute,” he stated.
Despite the Nigerian government’s prohibition on the social media site, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) insisted on utilizing his Twitter account on Monday.
Mr Adeboye tweeted on Monday, “The Redeemed Christian Church of God is domiciled in more than 170 Nations & Territories.” “The tweets in this thread are in conformity with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.”
Similarly, Williams Kumuyi, the general overseer of Deeper Life Bible Church, said the mission’s tweets were directed at a worldwide audience spanning five continents and over 100 countries.
Please note that the content posted on this handle is targeted at a global audience in more than five continents and over 100 countries, and we share the content from any of these locations,” Mr Kumuyi added, referring to the Twitter ban in Nigeria.