2019 Elections: Nigeria Can't Afford To Fail - US Envoy
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Popular controversial Twitter user Mukhtar ‘Mr. Aye Dee’ Daniyan believes that internet access during the election needs to be restricted in order to prevent the spread of fake election results.

Daniyan also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) to restrict internet access if it would curb election rigging and spread of fake news.

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Concise News had reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of River State had alleged that the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.) and Inec had perfected plans to shut down the internet during the forthcoming elections.

The governor reportedly made this claim during the visit of Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free in Nigeria to the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Reacting to the development on Twitter, Daniyan said the internet should be shut down by 11:59PM on Friday, Feb. 15th, 2019 and restored by 11:59pm on Saturday, February 16th, 2019.

He added that if the internet is not shut down, there will be chaos as fake results are bound to be brandished by both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Daniyan noted that Nigerian cannot afford to have the electorate manipulated by rumors and propaganda emanating from both major parties.

He wrote: “Access to the internet in Nigeria is NOT a right, if believes internet access during the election needs to be restricted in order to prevent the spread of , specifically fake election results, it would be the right thing to do for Nigeria’s sake.

“The internet in Nigeria should be shut down by 11:59PM on Friday, Feb. 15th, 2019 and restored by 11:59pm on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. If this is not done, there will be chaos as fake results are bound to be brandished by both and , causing chaos.

“‘In this crucial election, Nigerian cannot afford to have the electorate manipualted by rumors and propaganda emanating from both major parties. Therefore, it makes sense to ensure the sanctity of the electoral proccess by restricting access to the internet.

“Bangladesh with a population of 160 million + shut down its internet before its elections, heaven did not fall, the poll was orderly , free and fair. Nigeria deserves same.

“I did not say internet should be restricted for just PDP supporters or just for APC supporters, I said it should be restricted for ALL Nigerians.”