FG launches national campaign against fake news

Niyi Odebode and Olusola Fabiyi

The Federal Government on Wednesday launched the National Campaign Against Fake News, with an assurance that it would not resort to censorship.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the launch of the campaign in Abuja, described fake news as an epidemic sweeping the world.

During the event attended by some security agencies, Mohammed stated that fake news on the social media was fuelling farmers-herders crises in Nigeria.

He stated, “In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like ours, fake news is a time bomb. And in recent weeks, many anarchists have been doing everything possible to detonate the bomb. But for the prudence and vigilance of Nigerians, they – the religious and ethnic bigots among us – would have set the nation on fire, especially over the farmers-herders clashes as well as communal clashes.”

The minister said fake news,  if left unchecked, could be worse than all the plagues that the world had…

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