Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday said critics of the current administration could not call-out the government on issue-based topics due to impressive performance, hence their resort to peddling fake news. The Minister said this in Abuja, when he visited the People’s Daily Newspapers, in continuation of the advocacy for the National Campaign Against Fake News, which was launched in July. “They are unrelenting, because fake news is the only weapon they have against a performing Administration like ours. They know they cannot take on us on the issue of infrastructure, economy, fight against corruption, agricultural development, etc. They have therefore resorted to using fake news to de-market our Administration. Thankfully, they are failing,” the Minister said.
Mohammed who urged the media to criticize the administration of President, said critics should refrain from denigrating the President and his office.
He said that in the rush to de-market the President and his government, some mainstream media platforms have now resorted to the use of uncouth language to denigrate the person and office of the President. “In fact, fake news has taken another dimension. Now, it is not uncommon for otherwise respectable media organisations to accuse the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without backing up their accusation with an iota of evidence. The latest of such occurred two days ago, when a newspaper wrote an editorial in which it resorted to the use of uncouth language to denigrate the President on the farmers-herders clashes and other issues.
‘’In their eagerness to de-market the President, they forget that the President is the living symbol of the nation, and that by denigrating him, they are denigrating the country, including themselves,’’ Alhaji Mohammed said.
Chief Operating Officer of the People’s Daily Newspapers, Mr. Hameed Bello, in his remarks, described as very strategic the decision of the Minister to rally the media in furtherance of the campaign against fake news.
“This visit is very strategic and I think we should advise the minister to continue this kind of interface with the media because it has the capacity to correct some misconceptions that people have on the workings of government,” he said.
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