Within the week, stand-up comedian and actress had her personal website hacked with some of her personal items leaked. These involved driver’s licence, racist posts and some of her nude photos. We are told that the homeland security in the US has taken it upon themselves to investigate this act/crime. That is a website hack of a citizen (who I understand is a celebrity right) and the government of the United States decides to wade in and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Personally I have been dealing with hackers both on my website and my personal profile on Facebook. In fact in the Facebook incident the person was asking my friends for airtime disguising as me and that caused me a lot of credibility but thank God my friends knew me well enough. I had to issue apologies to everyone that was sent a message but unfortunately one person fell for it.
What am I driving at; government should investigate my hack? Not exactly.
In Nigeria we have had celebrities experiencing hacking (since Leslie Jones is a celeb) either on their website, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter but all we hear is that it is carried by one gossip blog that focuses on the leaked pictures and videos and that will be it.
This incident shows that Nigeria as a nation has a long way to go when it comes to development, technology and even the responsiveness of our government. Why responsive? Because for homeland security to wade into such a situation, it means the government and her institutions have been structured to be responsive enough even to the personal issues of her citizens. Nigeria has a lot to learn from that especially when we hear things like someone being killed by Fulani herdsmen and nothing much is done except for issuing statements as we have always known.
Responsiveness should mean being concerned, sensitive or even emotional to the plight of the people they govern and therefore should structure institutions that will make this possible. We need to create institutions that can swing into action without the directive of any elected official; president or governor.
Also in the area of cyber-security, this will guide us while we try to evolve our plans in that area. We need not only security from people who wield guns and bombs but from people who are threats in the cyberspace. Nigeria is definitely moving with the technological trends across the work and there is no stopping or taking a break especially among the young, creative youths.
The path to greatness for Nigeria is still long and I hope by a miracle the journey can be made shorter or at least in my lifetime.