Social media was used to incite violence during #EndSARS protests- NSA Babagana Mongonu


The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has said that social media was used to incite violence during the EndSARS protest and remains being used to incite violence across Nigeria.

Munguno said this at a workshop on the 2020 national cybersecurity strategy in Abuja today Wednesday, October 28.

Represented by Aliyu Mohammed within the office of the secretary to the govt of the federation (SGF), Monguno said social media poses increasing challenges of cyber-terrorism. 

We are witnesses to the utilization 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 doesn't obey conditional rules in warfare. It remains hospitable exploitation buy state actors, organised syndicates, sect, criminals and terrorists. Cyberterrorism has become the foremost precarious challenge facing us today as a nation.

The use of cyberspace to facilitate various terrorist activities, like recruitment, training, propaganda, intelligence gathering and fundraising, cyber terrorism is now globally recognised because the fundamental threat to global security.

Their comments come barely 24-hours after Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of information and Culture, demanded for the regulation of social media, saying that fake news poses a threat to Nigeria at the instant .

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