ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has decried the use of cyberspace to manipulate elections and subvert the democratic rights of citizens.

The President also called on world leaders to come up with proposals to create a digital world that is accessible, inclusive and safe to all.

President Buhari in his keynote address at the 2019 Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai, yesterday, said a certain level of regulation was needed to preserve the integrity of the digital economy.

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

In his speech at the summit with the theme ‘Mapping the Future of Foreign Direct Investment: Enriching World Economies through Digital Globalization,” Buhari stressed that the cyberspace was being used to subvert the democratic rights of citizens.

Acknowledging that digital globalisation is transforming the world almost every day with innovations and transformative ideas, the Nigerian leader cautioned that the cyber world would remain a constant threat if left unregulated.

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He also lamented the steady rise in fake news and cybercrimes, particularly when platforms are hijacked and manipulated by criminals.

President Buhari, therefore, called for collective efforts led by both public and private sector leaders to address the emerging threats of digital globalisation.

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