President Buhari

President Buhari

How Jonathan Supporters paid Cambridge Analytica $2.8 million to obtain Buhari Health Information

Before the burble-burst on the Cambridge Analytica following its roles in the 2016 Brexit vote and the election of U.S. President, Donald Trump, the spy tech firm has played major roles in elections in Africa including the 2015 general election in Nigeria, The Guardian of UK has said.

The Guardian, the VoA reported, said supporters of then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan paid Cambridge Analytica $2.8 million to obtain damaging health information about then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

The paper noted that Israeli hackers provided Cambridge Analytica with President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal emails. Buhari was running against incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, and a Nigerian billionaire paid Cambridge Analytica $2.8 million to dig up damaging information about Buhari as part of an attack campaign, The Guardian reported. The emails included information about Buhari’s health and medical records, a source told The Guardian.

When Buhari assumed office in 2015, he had taken a long time to attend extended medical leaves in London, for treatment of an undisclosed illness.


Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

Kings UBA is a Nigerian journalist and writer. I have reported for major local and international news organisations. I write satire. In 2017, I started contributing stories primarily to Discover Africa News Network. I can be reached on I currently manage Discover Africa News social media handles