- The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, denies plans to shut down internet ahead of the general elections
- The NSA says the internet is a critical infrastructure that should be protected and not shut down
- Monguno wants Nigerians to disregard the allegation that his office plans to take such an action
The National Security Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, in the afternoon of Saturday, February 2, clarified the speculation of an 'impending plan' by the government to shut down internet access to Nigerians during the 2019 elections.
The office of the NSA denied the claim making rounds ahead of the February 16 election, saying one of the responsibilities of the organisation is to protect the internet being a major component of the critical national information infrastructure.
A statement by Danjuma Reuben, the spokesperson of the NSA, Babagana Monguno, said such a major infrastructure is one that should be protected.
"The office wishes to advise the general public to disregard the allegation, which is a disinformation," the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state accused the federal government, through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) of planning to shutdown internet access during the general elections.
Wike also expressed doubts that President Muhammadu Buhari will accept defeat if loses the presidential election.
The governor made the above statements on Thursday, January 31, during a courtesy visit by Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free in Nigeria at the government house in Port Harcourt.
He alleged that the federal government had ordered the NSA to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work with internet service providers to shutdown internet access during the elections.
He claimed the shutting down of internet access by NSA and INEC was to enable rigging during the election period.
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“NSA has met with INEC to ensure that internet service provider’s shutdown the internet, so that foreign bodies won’t see what’s happening in the country during the elections.
“They will jam all the frequencies and internet services to stop real time communication during the elections.
"This plot to rig the forthcoming election is a recipe for violence. They will not succeed in whatever they are planning. The world will be informed about their criminal activities," Wike said.
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