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22 Feb 2017

Lai Mohammed Lists Out 5 Recent Fake News In Nigeria

The Minister of Information
and Culture, Lai Mohammed has described the extent of fake news as one
of the greatest threat to the nation.

Speaking in Abuja at the seventh edition of the National Security
Seminar, the minister listed four fake news which had been in
circulation recently.

He said; 'Regrettably, fake news is circulated worldwide through the
means of the social media and it travels faster. 'Only recently, we
have to refute the fake news that Nigeria today is the most difficult
place for Christians to live (1).

'There was also the fake report that the armed forces of Nigeria armed
the Fulani herdsmen and instigate them to carry out attacks (2).

'All these news are unfounded, fake and has the capacity to set one
religion or group against the other,' he said. The minister said the
most recent of such disinformation was the news of the alleged killing
of some members of a pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra
(3).


He also recalled the recent visit by two leaders of All Progressives
Congress, Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande to President Muhammadu Buhari in
London which the champions of disinformation claimed it never happened
(4).


He said similarly, it took the intervention of the US government to
set the record straight through a release that its President, Donald
Trump truly had a telephone conversation with President Buhari (5).

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