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Social media is responsible for the increase in cyber terrorism — Pres. Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari says the growth and development offered by the internet space is tempered by the threats it also poses to national security.


The president called for an overhaul of the national strategy on cyber security when he launched the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021 on Tuesday, February 23.


According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said, “I urge the National Security Adviser to continue to coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that our Internet and cyberspace are used for the enhancement of national security and economic progression. 


I’m confident that, together, we can pave the way for the creation of new opportunities to usher Nigeria into a bright future driven by a prosperous cyberspace and digital economy.


Like many other countries across the globe, the growth and development of the internet is accompanied by significant problems. We are witnessing a rise in threats posed by cybercriminals, online financial fraudsters, and cyber terrorists who use the internet to cause apprehension.


It is almost impossible to overstate the challenges. Some global events such as the rapid emergence of new technologies, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the advent of 5G technology, have further widened the scope and diversification of these cyber threats.


In October 2020, we all witnessed an escalation in the use of the social media for dissemination of subversive messages and incitement of violence which played a part in heightening tensions, causing unrest and spurring widespread acts of looting and destruction across the country.”


Loveth Ogedegbe: Tuesday, 23 February 2021 at 2/23/2021 10:33:00 pm

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