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Why Pastor Adeboye Refused To Deactivate Twitter From RCCG, As FG, Hold Talks With Dorsey

By Lateef Adegbite

When Pastor Enoch  Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeem Christian  Church of God, RCCG, advised President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Army General,’’ to restructure Nigeria’’, October, last year’’ to forestall possible break up’’ and the Presidency response that’’ it cannot succumb  to threat over restructuring’’,  the Clergyma had n withdrawn to his shells util the government recent problem with Twitter, a  North American Country of the United States, US , Multinational internet Company.

At the instance of the The Katsina state born Nigerian President, who had problem with the Company for daring  to remove his  Tweet which had made reference to the Nigeria Civil war and a threat to deal with the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPB, and other Criminal elements plotting to destroy the country in the Language they will understand and the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, including the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, to move into action to implement the government policy of the ban on Twitter microblogging of its site in Nigeria.

Isa Patami, the  minister of Communications and Digital  Economy and his Counterpart in the ministry of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed,  had expected Corporate Organisations, Churches and idividuals, to support the Nigerian government action by deactivating Twitter from their mobile phones.

Pastor Adeboye: General Overser, RCCG, Tweeted

Abubakar Malami, a senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, may have made matters by directing the ministry’s Public prosecutor to be ready  to prosecute those who may want to refuse to follow the government directive to deactivate  Twitter from their phone, an indirect way of telling the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Services, to throw the door of the prisons open to receive the  Twitter offenders who may  be Convicted in Court. Aisha Buhari, the Nigerian First Lady  may have  shown a good example  by deactivating her Twitter to show solidarity with the Nigerian government.

But Adeboye, and other big time-time men of Good, including the business moguls and the Multinational Companies , would not take it.  Take for instance, Adeboye, the RCCG, General overseer, who was said to have Teeted , recently. He may have sent a message to the Nigerian President and the Law Enforcement agencies Authorities, including Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney General  that the order is not for RCCG,  which ‘’is domiciled  in more than  170 nations, across the world. He had justified his Tweet  to the fact that ‘’it is in line  with Article  19 of the United Nations, UN,  Universal Human Rights  declarations.

Many believe that the RCCG , General overseer, may have Tweeted to test the might of the Nigerian President to dare to arrest him because of its backlash effect. The government may have ignored him as it was said to have opened channels of discussions with Jack Dorsey led Twitter to resolve the areas of Conflict.

The government may have resorted to dialogue with Twitter because it had failed’’ to win the support of the Diplomats from  the US, United Kingdom, UK, European Union, EU, and Canada among other countries, to the ban on the Twitter activities in Nigeria. The government was initially optimistic that the Dipolmatic  Missions will support the Twitter ban the same way they have thrown their weight o in the war against the insecurity situation in the country but was disappointed.

Onyeama: Minister Of Foreign Affairs

Perhaps, to draw the mind of the aggrieved Diplomats back to the country, Geofrey Onyeama, the minister of Foreign Affairs, at a meeting with them, on Monday ,  June 7, 2021, which had the backing the retired Army General,  had  reconfirmed that the government  is already into discussions with Twitter. He was id to have failed ‘’ to disclose  the duration’’ of the suspension slammed on the US, Multinational internet Company.

The Diplomats may have told the Onyeama, the Nigerian Foreign Affairs minister, who has the ear of Buhari, at the meeting,  that they cannot do without Tweeting. ‘’Twitter is a very important Platform for us,  and it brings  a lot of  viewers  globally ‘’, they had said.

Mary Beth Leonard,  the US, Ambassador ,to Nigeria, may have dampened the hope of the Nigerian Foreign Affairs minister winning their support to back the government when she bluntly told him that the’’ diplomatic Community  stood by its position  that free access to the ability  oneself  is actually  very important’’.

The government may have known that it is in a win situation that it appears to have soft pedal by giving the condition that  need to be fulfilled by the US internet Company  to restore its  normal Operations  in Nigeria. The condition was that’’ the Platform would be used responsibly  by Nigerians, particular, IPOB members, which many believe would be very  difficult to fulfill as Twitter Operations are not only based in Nigeria.

 Recall the Enugu state born Foreign Affairs minister  had told the Diplomats at the Monday meeting that the Nigerian government  took the decision to ban Twitter activities in the country  ‘’to stop  them   from further being  used as  Platforms for destabilization  and facilitation  of criminality  or encouragement of criminalities’’.

Giving the direction of the discussions, the minister  who had emerged from the meeting may have gladdened the heart of Nigerians when he said that  the government delegation had a fruitful discussion with the Diplomats as they were able to review the situation that  had necessitated the Twitter ban in Nigeria, with hope of restroring their services back.

Informed sources told The Value News that the outcome of the discussion  at the meeting  between the officials of the ministry of the Foreign Affairs and the Diplomats, had been communicated to Buhari, who is expected to take a second look on the government action and make a pronouncement on the Twitter case soon.

Dorsey” CEO, Twitter, Mobilise Technical Men To Work

Notwithstanding the government slow speed in restoring Twitter services in Nigeria, the Company Technical personnel were said to have gone back to the drawing board  to  take another look at  its  operations world wide to avoid a situation where  countries  could easily tamper with its operations whenever, there is  a problem.

This is evident with what have  happened in the West African country of Nigeria which had put over 4omillion Nigerians  which have Twitter account in the dark over the last one week.

 The Company may have learnt its lesson from Nigeria  as the Technical men are said to be working  round the round the clock to restore the Nigerian  Operations without further delay to retain its millions loyal Twitter  account users .

Stephen Ubanna

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