Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says it is left for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, 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 for violating the Twitter ban by the Federal Government.
Both Adeboye and Kumuyi, in tweets on Monday, had said their churches are present in hundreds of countries all over the world and their tweets can originate from anywhere with Adeboye specifically insisting that tweeting is in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
When asked specifically whether the government would prosecute Kumuyi and Adeboye for defying its Twitter ban, the minister said, “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.”
“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,” Mohammed said.
When confronted by the interviewer that there is already insecurity in Nigeria, the minister said, “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.