The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday said the government had to redefine a post-oil era in Nigeria, noting that the country must adjust to realities.
Osinbajo said this while delivering his speech at the Course 25 Graduation, National Defence College, Abuja.
The Acting President spoke on a topic, ‘The Battle has changed’.
Osinbajo said technological advancements and changing realities had helped the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East to be able to spread their ideologies through the Internet and propaganda videos.
He noted that the Nigerian military, therefore, needed to be fortified with the cutting-edge technology to be ahead of the insurgents.
He said, “We have to redefine a post-oil Nigeria. With the changes and advancements in technology, we have no option but to adjust our realities to them. There are now hackers who could do far more damage than conventional arms. Here, once degraded, the Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to cowardly acts of suicide bombing.
“Terrorists now have access to the quick release of propaganda videos, which was not possible before. Even with the Internet, fake news also influences election outcomes. The battle has changed and our military must be at the cutting edge of technology. It is much easier to neutralise the terrorists than their ideology
“We must not wait until things have fallen apart before we show our people we care. We must prepare ahead before conflicts reveal themselves.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, laid out Osinbajo’s speech in a series of tweets on Friday.