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INSISTING ON PROSECUTING TWITTER BAN VIP VIOLATORS WILL COMPOUND NIGERIA’S PROBLEMS – CAN WARNS

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)warned government against arresting and prosecuting Twitter ban violators, particularly clerics whose tweets were meant for their church members that are all over the world.

Despite the twitter ban and prosecution threat, many prominent Nigerians have continued to use Twitter, some daring the Police to arrest them and the Office of the AGF to prosecute them.

Among those still using Twitter are the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi; the Senior Pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, Pastor Sam Adeyemi; the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

Others prominent Nigerians still using Twitter are, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili; former Minister of Aviation, Fami Fani-Kayode; Senator Dino Melaye, activist, Aisha Yesufu; Kaduna State, Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and so many others.

Ortom in his own tweet tweeted: “The ban on Twitter is not only illegal, but it is also an ill-advised move to divert the attention of Nigerians from the FG’s failure to tackle insecurity in parts of the country.

“It amounts to suppression of fundamental human rights and gagging of social media.”

Reacting to the AGF spokesman’s insistence on prosecuting VIP violators of the Twitter ban, the Special Assistant on Media to the President of CAN, Adebayo Oladeji, warned the Federal Government against such move.

He said, “We caution the Federal Government against carrying out its threats against those highly respected leaders. What they did was justified after all they run churches with global outlook and they made it clear in their position. If they carry out the threat, it will only compound problems in the country.

“Any government policy that suspends the fundamental rights of the citizens is not acceptable to us. The government should rise up to the menace of insecurity facing the country without harassing the innocent and elder statesmen.”

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