The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has rejected the Nigerian Government’s alleged attempt to tamper with his right to freedom of speech through its ban on Twitter in the country.
Adeboye, in tweet on Monday, cited article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees the right of every individual to receive information and express their opinions “through any media”.
The RCCG GO said, “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’s statement came after the Nigerian Government threatened to prosecute any person found using Twitter following its ban on the microblogging app in the country.
Meanwhile, article 19 of the UN universal declaration of human rights states that:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
THE WHISTLER had earlier reported that the pastor and other prominent Nigerians had ignored the government’s threat of prosecution and continued to use the app.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had announced the Twitter ban after the tech giant deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet and restricted the president’s account for 12 hours for violating its “abusive behaviour” policy.