Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, August 8th has once again cautioned Nigerians against the spread of fake news, saying the nation could not afford another civil war.
He gave the warning at a two-day conference in Abuja, organised by Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), with “Democracy and Disinformation” as theme. According to him, fake news is the greatest threat to democracy and security in Nigeria.
He said that fake news played a role in the civil war in the country and that Nigeria could not afford to fall victim to the same circumstances that led to war.
“The government has been doing its best in educating the public on the dangers of fake news through various avenues.
“The ongoing infrastructure projects across the country like the agriculture empowerment programs, are part of government deliberate effort to stimulate economic growth and create job opportunities.
“Every one of us must verify information sent to them for authenticity before circulation,” he said.
The minister stressed the need for everyone to work together to curb the threat of fake news.
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