FG, PDP disagrees over allegations of phone tapping
The leading opposition party in Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Monday said it would resist attempts by the Nigerian government to snoop on its citizens.
The party said it was ready to mobilise against the ruling All Progressive Congress’s “unholy activities.”
“We have also been alerted to the news of the Federal Government of Nigeria planning to tap mobile telephone lines and hacking of other devices of citizens as a way of harassing and intimidating them into silence,” PDP’s spokesman Dayo Adeyeye said in a statement.
“These and other unholy practices of this administration will henceforth be resisted by all Nigerians”
But the government said stifling freedom of speech was never part of its agenda.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, described the development as another example of disinformation that has permeated the media space, especially the social media.
“There is no regulation, old or new, from the Ministry of Interior or any federal government agency requiring the recording of all calls or the monitoring of Social Media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter or Facebook.
“We are therefore using this medium to inform all Nigerians that what is being circulated in this regard is totally false and should be disregarded,” a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, special adviser to the minister, said.
Unconvinced of the government’s explanation, however, Adeyeye said his party was ready to “mobilise Nigerians at all levels to fight against the use of arms in a democratic system to ridicule and intimidate citizens of this country.”