The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has attributed the escalation of the recent crisis in the National Assembly to the circulation of fake news, especially in the Social Media.
The minister stated this in Abuja yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of Blueprint Newspapers, in furtherance of the federal government’s campaign against fake news, which was launched 11 July, 2018.
“When we launched the campaign, we did not envisage the kind of event that occurred at the National Assembly last week, specifically August 7 – Less than one month after the launch. That event, during which the National Assembly was barricaded, is a classic example of how fake news can aggravate conflicts. In fact, it was driven all the way by fake news.
‘’A serving Senator led the fake news onslaught, claiming that only APC members were being allowed into the chambers as a ploy to impeach the Senate President while PDP members were barred – FAKE NEWS! No APC members was in the chambers at the time!’’ he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said but for the timely intervention of the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the situation could have deteriorated and brought great opprobrium on the country.
He said that in the aftermath of the crisis, news that 21 billion Naira and assorted weapons have been found in the residence of the sacked director-general of the DSS also turned out to be fake.
The minister said fake news remains a clear and present danger to the nation’s unity and democracy, and indeed to the very survival of the country, adding that it cannot and must not be treated with levity.
He admonished Nigerians to always check the source of any news item before sharing it, saying”Don’t share whatever you can’t vouch for.”
Alhaji Mohammed stressed the need for the media to take the lead in the campaign against the phenomenon of fake news which, he said, has the capacity to erode the credibility of the media.
He said the visit to the corporate headquarters of the Blueprint was to enlist the newspaper’s support for the campaign against fake news as well as to thank the news medium for not allowing its platform to be used to spread fake news.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP Nigeria Newspapers. Contact: [email protected]
COVER STORIES24 hours ago
PDP Takes Over NASS As Dogara Finally Dumps APC
NEWS24 hours ago
FG Abolishes Fining Of Nigerians With Dual Citizenship
OPINION12 hours ago
Osun 2018 Governorship Election: Foretelling The Outcome
BUSINESS7 hours ago
JUST IN: CBN, NDIC Revokes Skye Bank’s Licence, Changes Name To Polaris Bank
NEWS6 hours ago
Why PDP Lost In 2015 – Kwankwaso
FEATURES22 hours ago
No Gang-up Can Remove Saraki As Senate President – Hon Ashiru
NEWS17 hours ago
Saraki, A Very “Dangerous” Person — Presidency
NEWS23 hours ago
Attacks On Ortom Unnecessary, Unfortunate – PDP