- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo described cyberspace as one of the greatest threats to Nigeria’s existence
- Osinbajo said internet has altered every industry like politics and elections, business and commerce and among other
- The acting president said websites is teaching on how to make and use IEDs and other explosives are numerous
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, June 23, described internet as one the threat facing Nigerian and he said that it is a theatre of war in the 21st century.
Osinbajo said it has become the platform for articulation of terrorist activities as well as offensive expressions and tasked the military to see the cyberspace as a conventional battle field to which it must deploy forces.
The acting president however said that cyberspace is an avenue for promotion of secession and quit ultimatum by some South-easterners and Northerners in recent times.
“Another lesson is that in the 21st century the theatre of war is increasingly shifting to cyberspace. Terrorist organisations, purveyors of hate speech, all of these and many more who seek to destabilise the world are busy staking out territory on the internet, and scoring significant victories and conquests for themselves.
“As members of the Armed Forces, with a mandate to protect Nigeria from all forms of internal and external aggression, you will increasingly be judged as much on the basis of your success online as on your successes on the conventional battlefield.
“The internet has altered or disrupted every industry we know of: politics and elections, business and commerce, governance; and is changing the very nature of warfare. Websites teaching on how to make and use IEDs and other explosives are numerous.
“Today a great deal of the threats facing Nigeria are being nurtured and cultivated in the vast spaces of the internet. The rumblings of secession, the dangerous quit ultimatums to ethnic groups, the radio stations and blogs that spew divisive speech and exploit our fault lines; all of these are now to be found online.
“This means that the military and its officers and men must itself devote resources and talent to these new battlefields, where mindless verdicts on the continued unity and existence of Nigeria are daily being delivered.
“As you make your way out of the hallowed halls of this institution, into the ‘field’, as you would describe it, you have huge roles to play in the way Nigeria turns out in the years and decades ahead,” he said.
Observing further that ethnicity and religion have become tools of defence, Osinbajo added that when people are charged for looting public funds, they claim that they are being victimised because of their religion and tribe.
According to Osinbajo, Nigerian elite as Nigeria’s major problem.
''A new nation built on trust, consensus, love for one another and love for our country is possible. A nation where the rulers do not steal the commonwealth, where every Nigerian is safe to live and work, where the state takes responsibility for the security of each and every Nigerian, where the state knows every Nigerian by name and can find and locate each one of us, a Nigeria where the Ibo or Ijaw man can live peacefully in Sokoto, and the Fulani man can live peacefully in the Niger Delta,” he added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that at a time Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should have been enjoying his 60th birthday, he made a very timely visit to Sokoto state, just in time to take part in a two-day clinic organised for the development of small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo delivering a speech on the Biafra war: