President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed social media over the escalation of all types of crimes, including terrorism across the world.
He therefore, called on major tech companies to be alive to their responsibilities, adding: “they cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to loss of many lives. This could tear some countries apart.”
President Buhari, who delivered Nigeria’s Statement today, October 24, as the fifth speaker on the first day of the General Debate during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74), said that poverty is a potent threat to security.
According to him, poverty is a foul source from which common criminality, insurgency, cross-border crimes, human trafficking and its terrible consequences draw inspiration.
Describing poverty as one of the greatest challenges facing the world, President Buhari said that its eradication is an indispensable requirement for achieving sustainable development.
On corruption, Buhari said that his government is facing the challenges of corruption head-on, even as he said: “we are giving notice to international criminal groups by the vigorous prosecution of the P&ID scam attempting to cheat Nigeria of billions of dollars.”