Blames gay rights group.
The Federal Ministry of Information on Friday announced that it had fought off an attack, on Thursday night, on the nation’s official web portal, Nigeria.gov.ng , by a group of gay activists.
In a statement signed by the press secretary to the Information Minister, Joseph Mutah, the ministry revealed that the same group was responsible for recent attacks on other countries’ official websites.
The attack, the ministry said, was meant as a blackmail, to pressure these countries into legalising gay activities.
Mr. Mutah stated that the Information Ministry is stepping up security on the web portal to prevent future attacks while liasing with security agencies to investigate Thursday’s security breach. He admonished those seeking to impose gay rights in the country to legally and constitutionally express their opinions as the Nigerian government will not condone any violation of the law in the name of activism.
He emphasised that Nigeria is a full fledged democratic state with a healthy guarantee of freedom of opinion to all citizens; hence, it is criminal for anyone within or outside the country to use criminal means to express their opinions.
“Nigeria is a highly cultured and religious society whose people remain overwhelmingly opposed to the imposition of gay rights and gay marriages as practised in some countries,” he added.