Following an alleged hacking into President Buhari’s medical record and an allegation that a Nigerian billionaire and supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan paid £2m to Cambridge Analytica for the act ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Nigerian Government has reportedly set up an in-house committee to investigate whether the firm’s work for the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in 2007 and 2015 general election campaigns broke the laws of the country or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates.
A source who spoke to Punch but pleaded anonymity, claimed that there’s a report that suggested that the consulting firm that combines data mining, brokerage and analysis with strategic communication for electoral process manipulated Nigeria’s 2007 elections by organizing campaigns to weaken the chances of opposition parties.
“The government of Nigeria is scrutinising the reports of the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections in many countries including Nigeria, where it waged a campaign to perpetuate discord and hack into personal records of the then leading opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Depending on the outcome, this may lead to the appointment of a special investigator and possibly, criminal prosecutions by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN)” the source said.
However when contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed that he is yet briefed on the issue, further stated that it was the right of Nigerians to demand an explanation from PDP, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on their roles in the 2015 Presidential election.
Few days ago, details of how Cambridge Analytica in the United Kingdom hacked the personal email of President Muhammadu Buhari, to obtain details about his medical records during the 2015 general elections for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation was revealed.
The Guardian of UK reported that the data analytics firm that worked on the Donald Trump election campaign, was offered material from Israeli hackers who had accessed the private emails of two politicians, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
Multiple sources described how senior directors of Cambridge Analytica – including its chief executive, Alexander Nix – gave staff instructions to handle material provided by computer hackers in election campaigns in Nigeria and St Kitts and Nevis.