President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Nigeria is witnessing a rise in threats posed by cybercriminals, online financial fraudsters, and cyber terrorists.
He also stated that cyber terrorists are using the internet to cause tension in the country.
The president was quoted as saying this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘Why we must curb criminalities, use internet for national security and economic progress, by President Buhari,’ on Tuesday.
He also called for an overhaul of the national strategy on cybersecurity.
He called for more emphasis on exploring the internet for economic growth opportunities, enhancement of knowledge, and mitigation of crime.
The President also noted that the Federal Government had taken some major policy decisions to increase penetration of the internet in the daily lives of citizens, particularly for the utilitarian purpose, with launch of National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 in March 2020; National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020 – 2030; National Identity Program, Treasury Single Account, and Bank Verification Number schemes.