President Muhammadu Buhari has called on world leaders to come up with proposals to create a digital world that is accessible, inclusive and safe to all. According to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja, President Buhari gave the challenge in his keynote speech at the 2019 Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai today.
President Buhari said a certain level of regulation is needed to preserve the integrity of the digital economy. While acknowledging that digital globalisation is transforming the world almost every day with innovations and transformative ideas, the Nigerian leader cautioned that the cyber world would remain a constant threat if left unregulated.
The president decried the use of the cyberspace to manipulate elections, subvert the democratic rights of citizens as well as propagate violence. He also lamented over the steady rise in fake news and cybercrimes, particularly when platforms were hijacked and manipulated by criminals.
President Buhari, therefore, called for collective efforts led by both public and private sector leaders to address the emerging threats of digital globalisation.