Information Minister, Lai Mohammed Condemns Propagation of ‘Fake News’

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed Condemns Propagation of 'Fake News'

A former scribe of the ruling All Progressives Congress who has been
linked with mind-boggling ‘political lies’ has also called for caution
in the purveyance of propaganda in the polity.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says
the phenomenon of fake news, if left unchecked, poses more threat to the
nation than insurgency and militancy.
The minister reiterated this position on Tuesday in Abuja at the
seventh edition of the National Security Seminar with the theme “Consolidating on the Gains of Counter-Terrorism Operations in Nigeria’’.
The seminar was jointly organised by the National Defence College
of Nigeria, the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Alumni
Association of National Defence College.
Mohammed said that the phenomenon of fake news propagated majorly by the social media “is so serious that it threatened to break the country rapidly even more than insurgency’’.

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He noted that to consolidate on the defeat of the Boko Haram
insurgents, the armed forces should give special attention to its
communication and information dissemination strategy.
“We must pay adequate attention to communication strategy and have our people who will be very active also on the social media.

“It is a front that has been largely neglected which we must now pay special and adequate attention to,’’ he said.
According to him, fake news phenomenon is a situation where someone
or some persons will fabricate stories capable of setting one group or
religion against the other and send them out through the social media.

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