Fake News: ‘Don’t Believe 80% Of What You Read On Social Media’ – Lai Mohammed

Fake News: ‘Don’t Believe 80% Of What You Read On Social Media’ – Lai Mohammed
Information Minister Lai Mohammed has warned Nigerians in the diaspora over fake news on social media
Information Minister Lai Mohammed has warned Nigerians in the diaspora over fake news on social media

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned Nigerians in the diaspora not to believe stories they find on the social media about Nigeria as 80% of such stories are fake news and made up by enemies of the government.
The Minister gave the warning at a meeting with Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Sylvanus Nsofor, in Washington on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
The Minister told the Nigerian Ambassador that fake news on social media could create the impression that the country is at war, thereby causing ethnic and religious crisis.
“Fake news and misinformation when mixed with hate speech, threaten the peace, unity, security and corporate existence of Nigerians,” he began.
“Many people in the diaspora depend a lot on social media for news about Nigeria. However, 80 percent of what you read on social media is fake.
Please, we implore you to visit our website, fgnnformation.iapp, where you can find information that is genuine about Nigeria.
When you go by social media, the impression you get is as if Nigeria is at war and as if Muslims are killing Christians and about ethnic war.
However, those disgruntled politicians have now tried to factor ethnicity and religion into the situation that we have in the country. Our challenges have nothing to do with religion or ethnicity.”
Mohammed cited an example with the farmer/herders clashes, adding that there was misinformation on those guilty of killing two Catholic reverend fathers in Benue State, blaming armed militia for the killings instead of the alleged Fulani herdsmen who were blamed for the murder of the clergymen.

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