Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has the right to decide whether or not to prosecute the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the Founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor William Kumuyi; as well as other violators of the Twitter ban imposed by the Federal Government. The Minister made this known on Monday evening during an interview with BBC News Africa.
Pator Adeboye, who made a tweet on Monday, said his church has branches in over 170 countries and tweeting is in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pastor Kumuyi also tweeted that his church has branches across over 100 countries and five continents, hence it can tweet from anywhere in the world.
“The Attorney-General has made it clear that if anybody violates the regulation that such a person will be prosecuted and this is not about any particular person. It is in the realm of the Attorney-General to decide who or who not to prosecute.” Lai said.
He said there would be no human rights if the country goes on fire.
“It is because there is a country called Nigeria that they have rights at all. If the country goes on fire, and there is insecurity everywhere, then, there will be no rights for anybody” he said.
When confronted by the interviewer that Nigeria is already faced with security challenges, the minister responded saying, “Of course, there is.”
“Are we supposed to use Twitter to increase insecurity?” Mohammed asked, adding that agents of destruction have chosen Twitter as a platform to destabilise the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
The Federal Government suspended the operations of twitter in the country on Friday, June 4 after Twitter deleted a controversial civil war post made by the President Muhammadu Buhari. Regardless of the ban, some Nigerians including Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, continued using twitter through Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada have criticized the Federal Government for infringing on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.