Charles Chukwuma Eze


This study offers a descriptive account of the relationship between the social media and national security in some identified countries and Nigeria. The theoretical anchorage of the study is the Uses and Gratification theory. The study critically observed that the social media has long evolved beyond being a mere social platform to satisfying other needs and purposes for which anti – terrorism is paramount since it is observed by proven news stories that terrorists are also infiltrating the social media and hijacking  it for nefarious activities averse to national security. Some advanced techniques advocated by security experts through whom the social media networks and other Information and Communication Technologies can be utilized to counter and stem the current waves of national insecurities occasioned by the nefarious activities of Boko Haram were highlighted. Recommendations were offered starting from commendations to the Nigeria’s senate for the passage of the bill for an act to provide for the prohibition and punishment for electronic fraud and crime in all electronic transactions.

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