This is in response to the government’s claims that Cambridge Analytica, a British-based political consultancy, illegally used Facebook data in past election campaigns.
In a press statement released Sunday, the Nigerian government was said to be probing whether the firm broke the law to wage “a campaign to perpetuate discord and hack into personal records of the then leading opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.”
However, when asked about the probe, spokesman Ikechukwu Eze referring to former president Jonathan said, “He wasn’t aware of it” adding that the “best thing to do is to wait for the conclusion of the investigation.”
And as regards the investigation, Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu says: “There is a significant and great urgency attached to the work. As a matter of fact, as I speak to you, I am aware they are putting together that report“.
“The idea is are there things we can do to ensure that this doesn’t happen again in the country, so that we safeguard future elections from this kind of foreign interference,” he adds.