Following the report published by Guardian UK, that political consultancy firm and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica tried to influence Nigeria’s 2015 general elections in favor of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
A former employee of the data analytics firm turned whistleblower, Christopher Wylie has testified that a video was released “with the sole intent of intimidating voters.”
The video obtained by Guardian contained anti-Islam messages and stark violence including someone being burned alive.
The company was said to have employed the services of AggregateIQ (AIQ), a Canadian digital services firm, to help distribute the video.
Cambridge Analytica sent AggregateIQ the video after they [CA] got banned from several online ad networks because the graphic nature of the content violated the terms of service. AIQ was quite freaked out about it. It’s a very disturbing video. They told Cambridge Analytica that. They called it ‘the murder video,’ Wylie said.
Cambridge Analytica had reportedly been hired and paid £2 million by an unnamed Nigerian billionaire in support of Jonathan “to orchestrate a ferocious campaign against his rival, the opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari.”
The video alleged that Buhari would impose Sharia once elected, would strike a pact with Boko Haram, and would punish all who speak against his regime.
See the video below: (Warning: It contains graphic images)