The attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has been drawn to a misleading message purportedly authored by him, currently trending on social media.
According to Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, the Spokesperson to the Minister, the fake news was circulating a message which implied that all devices were now connected to the Ministry’s systems, and it would commence the recording of phone calls and monitoring of all social media platforms.
The malicious message also discouraged citizens from sharing any messages or videos with political or religious content as it was now officially a crime and could even lead to arrest.
“For clarity purpose and the need to ensure that all Nigerians are properly informed, the Honourable Minister wishes to publicly announce this disclaimer.
It is worthy to note that Dr Pantami, while serving as the Director General of NITDA, initiated and passed the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR January 25th 2019) which solely exists to protect the privacy rights of every individual.
He therefore enjoins all Nigerians to disregard the propaganda which is aimed at inciting fear and creating public confusion”. He said the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was mandated to leverage on technology for a digital economy and will not engage in acts that would sabotage its mandate.
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy