In a statement signed by the press secretary to the Information Minister, Joseph Mutah on Friday, 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 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 liaising with security agencies to investigate the 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.
The anti-gay bill, passed by Nigeria’s National Assembly seeks to jail convicted homosexuals for 14 years.