Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has responded to the federal government’s suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
According to Naturenex News, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operation of the microblogging and social networking service on Friday.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, announced the suspension in a statement signed by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
The minister cited the platform’s continued use for activities that have the potential to undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria as soon as possible.
On Saturday, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, also ordered the prosecution of any Nigerian who continues to use the microblogging site.
The directive has been widely criticized, with many claiming that it infringes on the freedom of the press and media.
Adeboye responded to the Twitter ban on Monday via his Twitter handle, saying that his church will not comply with the Federal Government’s directive that Nigerians no longer use Twitter.
Adeboye stated, “The Redeemed Christian Church of God has a presence in over 170 nations and territories.” The tweets on this page are in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.