We Won’t Comply: Pastor Adeboye. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said tweeting is a human right and his church will continue using the platform, as against a ban by Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari.
Taking to the same social media platform, Mr Adeboye said the prohibition of Twitter use by the Buhari regime violated international rights conventions and would be disregarded by his church members.
The tweet read;
“The Redeemed Christian Church of God is domiciled in more than 170 nations and territories. The tweets here are in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations universal declaration of human rights.”
The standoff between the federal government of Nigeria and the micro blogging platform seems to be at the peak as the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), ordered all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to suspend the use of Twitter.
This was contained in a statement issued by its Director General, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday morning.
Mr Idachaba said television and radio stations are advised 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.”
Desmond Elliot also has condemned the ban on Twitter in Nigeria.
In a Twitter thread, Elliot, the lawmaker representing Surulere at the Lagos State House of Assembly called on the federal government to reverse the suspension stating that the ban, ‘no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.’
The legislator said, “I want to admonish our government to always remember that the people’s right to express themselves freely must not be compromised.
This ban, no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.”
Elliot reminded the government that Nigerian youths trade their wares and advertise their businesses and services via the micro-blogging site.
He said, “In a democratic society like ours, we must weigh the economic and social impact of this ban on the populace — especially our teeming youths and entrepreneurs who depend solely on this platform to carry out their legitimate business.
“In the past, our government have shown the required goodwill to stand on side of the people even when it’s not too convenient for them to do so.
I believe that this won’t be an exception. I want to appeal to the government to reconsider this ban in the interest of our people and our country at large.”