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  • Updated: May 09, 2024

President Tinubu blackmailed into authorising cybersecurity levy policy – Dikwa

President Tinubu blackmailed into authorising cybersecurity

Prof. Khalifa Dikwa, an Elder Statesman and the Dean of the Borno Elders Forum, said that President Bola Tinubu's government was blackmailed and pressured into endorsing the Central Bank of Nigeria's cybersecurity levy policy.

Dikwa made the following comment in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday: "These forces can't be seen and rely on intimidation to get their bidding done, while claiming that the Tinubu government is coerced into implementing these policies.

"It is not the appropriate moment to introduce the cybersecurity levy. I am not shocked by the instruction because Nigeria appears to be controlled remotely by external powers."

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has voted to reject a move to suspend the cybersecurity levy, which has elicited unfavourable reactions from Nigerians.

Honourable Manu Soro, who introduced the motion on the floor of the house on Wednesday, stated that the levy was arriving at the inappropriate moment, given Nigerians' existing living situation. He had stated that the National Security Adviser is a political position with no authority to oversee accruals.

The Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas, encouraged the legislator to withdraw the resolution so that the House leadership could discuss how to best handle the matter.

Similarly, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, called the projected cybersecurity levy announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on all electronic transactions as another burden on Nigerians. 

The levy's implementation has provoked considerable criticism from Nigerians and civil society groups.

Rejecting the initiative, NLC President Joe Ajaero stated in a statement that such deductions directly damage workers' disposable income and further reduce the purchasing power of ordinary folks.

He claimed that the instruction was just another attempt by the governing class to continue extorting and exploiting vulnerable workers and the people.

"The Nigeria Labour Congress recognises the importance of cybersecurity in today's digital age," the statement continues. 

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