Prominent men of God in nigeria – the likes of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, ( General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God ) and Pastor William .F Kumuyi (the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry ) have both defied the Federal Government’s order instructing Nigerians to stop using Twitter.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye said his tweets were covered by Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, while William Kumuyi said his tweets were targeted at a global audience.
The clerics made these known after the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Republic of Ireland ‘s meeting with the Federal Government on Monday insisted on their position that the suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government was a violation of the freedom of expression.
Earlier on Monday, the RCCG General Overseer, Adeboye, justified his use of Twitter. See tweet he shared below :
He wrote, “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.”
Kumuyi, while also tweeting, said
“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.”
According to punch , Senior Pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, Pastor Sam Adeyemi and the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, have also continued to tweet despite the ban.
Adeyemi retweeted around 2pm on Monday an event posted by Horasis @HorasisOrg, where he was scheduled to be speaking.
Apostle Suleiman, on his part, has been consistently tweeting and retweeting posts and events. His last two posts on Monday were birthday greetings of a junior pastor and his daughter, respectively.