The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Rev Enoch Adeboye on Monday, June 7, insisted on using his Twitter account despite the ban on the social media platform by the Nigerian government.
Adeboye made this call via a tweet stating, “The Redeemed Christian Church of God is domiciled in more than 170 Nations & Territories.
“The tweets here are in accordance to Article 19 of the UN universal declaration of Human Rights.”
Adeboye was reacting to an indefinite ban on Twitter by the Federal Government last Friday, who said “the persistent use of the platform (Twitter) for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” for the reason of the ban.
“Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC); to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT; and social media operations in Nigeria,” Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed said.
Barely 24 hours after the government announced the Twitter ban on Twitter; the government threatened to prosecute Nigerians violating the order.
The ban came into effect on Saturday with millions of users blocked from accessing the site. Many young Nigerians are, however, circumventing the ban; by using virtual private networks (VPN).
Nigeria’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami said the ministry of justice will “swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria.”
The minister of justice directed “the DPPF to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy; National Communication Communication (NCC); and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”
Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday, June 7, mandated all broadcast stations in the country to suspend the patronage of Twitter with immediate effect.
According to NBC, the decision followed the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government; over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issued by the acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, titled: “Suspend Twitter handles.”
The Commission directed the broadcast stations to “de-install Twitter handles; and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially phone-in.
“Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately,” he said.