NSA: Social media was used to incite violence throughout #EndSARS protests
Babagana Monguno, nationwide safety adviser (NSA), says social media is getting used to incite violence in Nigeria.
Talking at a workshop on the 2020 nationwide cybersecurity technique in Abuja on Wednesday, the NSA mentioned the social media poses rising challenges of cyber-terrorism.
His feedback comes a day after Lai Mohammed, minister of knowledge, insisted on the federal authorities’s plan to control social media regardless of criticisms towards such transfer.
Represented by Aliyu Mohammed within the workplace of the secretary to the federal government of the federation (SGF), Monguno made reference to the #EndSARS protests throughout which he mentioned the social media was used to disseminate inflammatory feedback.
“We’re witnesses to using social media to disseminate subversive content material to incite violence and heightened pressure, inflicting unrest and sparking widespread looting and destruction throughout the nation,” he mentioned.
The NSA, nonetheless, added that the our on-line world has helped within the enhancement of Nigeria’s nationwide safety, financial transformation and nationwide growth.
“Our nation is at present at a turning level in its historical past, a big part of our inhabitants of over 200 million individuals are younger and entrepreneurs, we’re additionally witnessing a speedy rise in our adoption of the web in our day by day lives,” he mentioned.
Additionally talking, Abayomi Olonisakin, chief of defence workers, mentioned cyber terrorism is probably the most unpredictable problem Nigeria is at present battling with.
Represented by Charles Oghonwen, an air vice marshal from the defence headquarters, Olonisakin mentioned: “Our on-line world has been the primary warfare after the lands, sea, air and house has no boundary and therefore doesn’t obey conditional guidelines in warfare.
“It stays open to exploitation purchase state actors, organised syndicates, sect, criminals and terrorists. Cyberterrorism has grow to be probably the most precarious problem going through us right this moment as a nation.
“Using our on-line world to facilitate numerous terrorist actions, resembling recruitment, coaching, propaganda, intelligence gathering and fundraising, cyber terrorism is now globally recognised as the basic menace to international safety.”
The senate had launched a invoice to control social media but it surely was broadly rejected.