Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser (NSA) has stated that social media was a tool used to stir up violence during the #EndSARS protest and is still used to instigate cyber-terrorism across the country.
Munguno said this at a workshop on the 2020 national cybersecurity strategy in Abuja today Wednesday, October 28.
Represented by Aliyu Mohammed in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Monguno said social media poses increasing challenges of cyber-terrorism.
“We are witnesses to the use of social media to disseminate subversive content to incite violence and heightened tension, causing unrest and sparking widespread looting and destruction across the country.”
Speaking also at the forum, the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, said cyber terrorism is the most unpredictable challenge Nigeria is currently battling with. Represented by Charles Oghonwen, an air vice-marshal from the defence headquarters, Olonisakin said
“Cyberspace has been the main warfare after the lands, sea, air and space has no boundary and hence does not obey conditional rules in warfare. It remains open to exploitation buy state actors, organised syndicates, sect, criminals and terrorists. Cyberterrorism has become the most precarious challenge facing us today as a nation.
The use of cyberspace to facilitate various terrorist activities, such as recruitment, training, propaganda, intelligence gathering and fundraising, cyber terrorism is now globally recognised as the fundamental threat to global security.”
Their comments come barely 24-hours after Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, called for the regulation of social media, saying that fake news poses a threat to Nigeria at the moment.