Two influential Nigerian Christian clerics, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and William Kumuyi, founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry Worldwide, on Monday declared they were not statutorily obliged to obey the Twitter ban imposed by the Buhari administration on Nigerians because their churches are global in composition and reach, spanning more than 100 countries and five continents.
In a veiled response to the threat of AGF Abubakar Malami to prosecute those who flout the ban, Kumuyi said on his Twitter handle that Deeper Life has branches across the world and could thus tweet from anywhere.
He tweeted, “In view of the Twitter ban in Nigeria, please note that the content shared on this handle is targeted at a global audience in more than five continents and over 100 nations and we share the content from any of these locations.”
On his part, Pastor Enoch Adeboye said his church is present across the world and tweeting is in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations universal declaration of human rights.
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 Federal Government had last Friday suspended Twitter barely two days after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, which many Nigerians believed was repugnant.
Governments of the United States, Britain, Canada as well as the European Union have jointly condemned the suspension of Twitter.