According to Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has the authority to decide which Nigerians will be prosecuted for violating the Federal government ban of the use of Twitter in Nigeria.
This comes as a reaction to the disclaimer issued on Twitter by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Adeboye had tweeted;
””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.”
Some Nigerians interpreted his tweet as a violation of the directive from Federal Government as the Attorney General had warned to prosecute anyone found using Twitter in a statement released on Saturday, June 6.
In response to a question about whether the Justice Minister will prosecute the respected clergyman for violating the ban, Lai Mohammed said;
“The attorney-general has made it clear that if anybody who violates the regulation, that such person will be prosecuted and this is not about any person. I think it is the right of the attorney-general to decide who to prosecute.
Mohammed also gave reasons why the micro-blogging site was suspended in Nigeria.
”The government has suspended indefinitely, the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because of the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence and the government
Also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licencing all social media operations in Nigeria,” he said