Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has reacted to the decision of Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, to defy the ban on Twitter in Nigeria.
He said this during an interview with BBC Africa Focus on Monday night, when asked if Adeboye will be prosecuted for using Twitter and Mohammed said the power to decide who to prosecute for using Twitter despite the ban lies with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Pastor Adeboye tweets, insists RCCG will not comply with FG’s Twitter ban
In a tweet, the RCCG General Overseer said the church is domiciled in over 70 countries of the world, hence the need to continue tweeting, Mohammed insisted that Nigerians who accessed Twitter, including Adeboye, after the ban, would be prosecuted.
Lai Muhammed said “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 and he also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licencing all social media operations in Nigeria.
“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,the founder of Deeper Life Bible Church, Williams Kumuyi also disobeyed the Twitter ban.