[The Presidential Blog] Osinbajo charges military to embrace technology in the fight against insurgency

In his message titled: The Battle Has Changed, he noted that terror groups and cyber criminals have used modern technologies to spread useless ideologies and defraud the people and the country cannot afford not to use the same strategies to respond to insurgency.

Osinbajo said, “I challenge the elite of our armed forces that if militants, terrorist groups and internet hackers are constantly re-inventing themselves, taking advantage of emerging technologies, you have no reason whatsoever not to be at the cutting edge of technological warfare.

“You must consistently redefine your role in national security architecture.”

He noted that the military should realise that in the fight against religious extremism, “it is much easier to win the war than to win the peace; it is easier to neutralise the extremists than to neutralise extremist ideologies.

“That is the critical challenge for us in the North East and the critical challenge for many countries that had to do with extremist ideologies and the insurgencies they had,” he said.

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