Nigeria to sustain use of digital technological devices in military campaigns against insecurity

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Nigeria is sustaining the induction of digital technological devices in the military campaigns against insecurity plaguing parts of the Nation’s territory.

Mohammad Abdulkadri, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister of Defence, said the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd.) gave this assurance in a remark at the graduation lecture for Course 28 participants, National  Defence College, Abuja on Tuesday.

Abdulkadri said the Defence Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Sab’iu Zakari, said Nigeria as a global player was pulling her weight among Nations of the world, exploiting digital economy, security and in other areas of national life.

He said the Minister contextualised the nexus between security, defence and digital economy spotlighting the positive narrative  of digital economy as a means of engaging teeming youths and its adaptation negatively on the other hand for perpetuation of cybercrimes as a tool for undermining national  security.

“It is in the light of the criminal deployment of digital sophistications  and know- how by  the Non-state actors that he challenged Security  and Defence establishments to  continue to play key role in the Digital  Nigeria as typified by the National Defence College symbolic lectures at all times,” he said.

While commending the leadership of the National Defence College for pursuing the ideals of the College, he said the country under President MuhammaduBuhari was adopting, adapting and internalising functional global digital Security cum economic templates.

Gen. Magashi also expressed delight over the choice of the topic of the graduation lecture: “Digital Economy and National Development ” delivered  by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, whom he described as the master of digital  economy.

The Minister, who is the Chairman Governing Board of the College, noted that it was unprecedented that ICT recently contributed about 14.07 per cent to the Nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He said the NDC’s graduation lecture had become a strategic platform for research, training and intellectual discourse and debate for national development imperatives.

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