The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has stated that social media was used to incite violence during the #EndSARS protest.
In the fallout of the Lekki Toll Gate shooting on the 20th of October 2020, violence spread across the country as both private and public properties were looted by angry mobs.
SA, Babagana Monguno while being represented by Aliyu Mohammed at a workshop on the 2020 national cybersecurity strategy in Abuja today Wednesday, October 28, spoke about the 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.”