The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, will be the one to decide whether or not to prosecute the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), 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 said this while speaking in a interview with BBC News Africa on Monday.
According to him, it is in the realm of the Attorney-General to decide who or who not to prosecute.
Recall that the Federal Government banned the popular microblogging platform Twitter last week Friday, following the platform’s decision to delete the tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Government thereafter threatened to to prosecute violators of the ban as many Nigerians opted for the use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass the ban.
Many Nigerians including the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye and Pastor Kumuyi, among others tweeted that their organizations is present in over 100 countries around the and therefore cannot abide by the Government’s order which affects only Nigeria.
Responding to the question of whether the Government will prosecute them or not, Alhaji Lai Mohammed 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.
He further stated that the Government is aware of all the criticisms which bothered on the Freedom of Speech and Human Rights in Nigeria but however responded that there would be no human rights if the country goes on fire.
He said: “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
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.