Monday, 7th June 2021: One of Nigeria’s most influential Christian clerics, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), says tweets by his church are in accordance with the United Nations declaration on human rights, irrespective of the controversial ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government.
RCCG has millions of followers across Nigeria and globally.
“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,” he wrote via his official Twitter account on Monday.
Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights read, “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.”
Adeboye was reacting to allegations that he is flouting the order of the federal government suspending the use of the microblogging platform, Twitter.
The Federal Government of Nigeria 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.
CEOAFRICA had earlier reported that the National Broadcasting Commission which regulates broadcasting in Nigeria on Monday ordered all television and radio stations to deactivate their Twitter accounts and stop picking content from the platform.
The British, American and Canadian governments as well as the European Union have jointly condemned the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.