The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned the Federal Government against arresting the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye and other religious leaders for violating the ban on twitter in the country.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that Adeboye, in a tweet after the ban said he would continue to tweet to his church’s global audience, adding that the ban is a violation of Article 19 of the United Nations universal declaration of human rights.
“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,” Adeboye had tweeted.
Also, the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, William Kumuyi had also tweeted since the ban.
The FG’s stand remains firm with the office of Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the federation insisting that violators of the ban would be prosecuted.
Reacting, Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media to the President of CAN, told The Punch that arresting the church leaders would compound problems of the country.
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 (government) 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.”