- Social media has been blamed for the EndSARS crises in Nigeria
- The allegation was made by Major Gen. Babagana Monguno
- According to the NSA, social media was used to disseminate subversive content
Following the violence and looting that followed the EndSARS protest, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) has blamed social media for the mayhem.
Monguno claimed protesters used social media to escalate tension and looting in the country.
He disclosed this at the Multi-Stakeholders workshop for the Validation of the Draft National Cybersecurity Strategy 2020 in Abuja.
The NSA said:
“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.”
However, he said the federal government will soon unveil the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2020 to check digital threats and enhance national security and economic growth for the over 200 million population, The Nation reports.
He added that:
“There is no gainsaying that cyberspace has become an engine for the enhancement of Nigeria national security, economic transformation and national development.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian state governors of the southeast extraction have expressed deep concern over the erosion of mutual trust between ethnic nationalities across the country, stressing that such had widened and threatened national unity and cohesion.
The governors, who spoke after their virtual meeting with representatives of the youths and leaders of the zone, said that they were worried about the loss of lives in the country amid the ongoing riots which were triggered by hoodlums hijacking the #EndSARS protests.
In a communiqué after the meeting, the governors acknowledged with great pain the ugly event that had enveloped the nation in the last couple of days.
In another development, some Nigerian youths under the aegis of #March4Nigeria Movement on Monday, October 26, said their findings showed that the #EndSARS protest which took place in major cities across Nigeria was hijacked by politicians, social media influencers, and many others.
In Abia, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu imposed a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia, the state capital after the alleged killing of a policeman on Monday, October 20, by suspected thugs around Azikiwe road in Aba.
The hoodlums numbering over 30 also burnt down a police station in the commercial city of the southeast state.
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