Nigerian Hacktivists Rage against Costly Presidential Inauguration

Nigerian hacktivists yesterday attacked the Niger Delta Development Commission’s website, reportedly reacting to the government’s plan to spend about $6.5 million on President Goodluck Jonathan‘s May 29 inauguration, NEXT reports.

Known as NaijaCyberHactivists, the Nigerian hacker group warned of more attacks this weekend should the president decide to maintain his budget. The letter expressed frustration at the post-election violence and the government’s claims that the recent disorder is just one of the struggles of a growing democracy.

The hackers said that Jonathan’s decision to spend 1 billion Nigerian Naira exacerbates the country’s situation. “An inauguration is simply an induction into office, AND NOT a costly long-running, nor a series of open-ended events organised into convoluted books and chapters,” the letter said.

Signing the letter with “In source code we trust, we fighting for a cause, to make them account for all OUR money in their purse,” the hackers threatened with additional cyber assaults if their demands are not met by the upcoming weekend.

“We are not bluffing. We are watching with interest and we give you till Saturday to meet our TERMS,” they said.

NDDC head of corporate affairs Toye Abosede confirmed the attack to NEXT in an interview, saying the hackers intruded the site and defaced it. The commission took the site down and will work on boosting its cybersecurity.

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