Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Sunday said that the federal government was concerned about the worrying rate of fake news spreading across social media.
Mohammed while reacting to a viral video of an alleged bomb blast in Lagos during the weekend, stated that those behind the act are trying to cause confusion and heat up the polity.
“This is why we are appealing to Nigerians not to ever engage in a knee-jerk reaction to any news, and to subject all information to a very serious scrutiny by checking with security agencies and government spokespersons,’’ he said.
Mohammed stated that fake news trend was ‘the scourge of our times’ which would probably get worse in the months ahead, hence the need for all Nigerians to be very vigilant so that fake news purveyors would not succeed in their quest to sow the seeds of chaos and confusion.
He also called on the traditional media to join the campaign against the purveyors of fake news, especially because the websites of many reputable media organisations were being used to spread false information in order to gain credibility.
“On our part, we will not relent until we have exposed those who are behind this fake news phenomenon and brought them to justice,’’ Mohammed said.