Cybercrime as of today is a menace to the society, costing countries over billions of Nigeria to curb and forestall. Nigeria and some other African countries are noted to to be hotbed of cybercrime, though stakeholders said that the proportion of cybercrime in the country has been overblown by the international community.
In line with the anti corruption drive by the present adminstration, Nigeria First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari has lamented that the growing rate of cybercrime is capable of destroying the Nigerian youths and also destroying country’s National image. She made this remark at the 13th Nigerian International Secondary Schools Model United Nations (NISSMUN) conference, themed “Preventing Young People From Getting Involved In CyberCrime.”
Mrs. Buhari who was represented by Mrs Pauline Tallen, former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, however called on parents and teachers to monitor online activities of the youths to bring about an end to the growing menace.
“Today, many young people have taken advantage of this opportunity and establish very successful businesses and become charming example of enterprise. There are many others that have abuse this opportunity and turn them into cybercrime,” she said.
“There is need for this conference to discuss this issue extensively and suggest solution that will result to the reversal of this trend as this impact goes beyond destruction of youths but also to our national image.
“I therefore call on parents and teachers to be watchful of the online activities of young people and behaviour as they seem detrimental to our social well-being,” she added.
In line with the first lady, Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr Eric Mayoraz noted that the cybercrime menace is an issue that affects every country with billions of dollars cost implications.
“We live in a world where the internet permeates every facet of our daily lives, particularly the tech-savvy younger generations, largely due to advances in science and digital technology as well as global telecommunication infrastructure,” he said.
“The proliferation of cybercrime has naturally had a negative impact on Nigeria, and further addressing the menace will require both preventive measures to avoid youths’ involvement in cybercrime and to ensure protection from cyber attack,” he added.
A 2011 World Bank Survey revealed that Nigeria along with Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa were listed among top 10 countries in the world with a high level of cybercrime prevalence.