Governor Matawalle Blames ‘Fake News’ For Preventing Nigerian Army From Defeating Bandits

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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has stated that fake news has hindered efforts of the Nigerian army to suppress banditry in the Northern state.

He disclosed that administration would enact laws to regulate social media against spread of fake news in the state.

governor who recently decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), disclosed this at the inauguration of newly-elected state executives of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Gusau on Sunday.

governor, represented by the commissioner of information Ibrahim Dosara, emphasised that fake news has become a tool in the hands of unscrupulous politicians.

He Said;

propagation of false information has, without doubt, hindered our efforts to suppress banditry in the state. Fake news has been used to undermine our troops’ morale and turn some communities against the government.

We are living at most challenging period in the history of traditional media. Despite its many benefits, social media has resulted in the spread of fake news, endangering and societal stability.”

“My administration treats journalists with utmost respect, in keeping with our democratic values. We have always had good working ties with media groups and practitioners.

We have always done our best to safeguard and advance the interests of journalists like you,”

NAWOJ’s zonal (North-West) vice president Halima Musa commended the Zamfara government for supporting the media and women’s inclusive policies.

She charged the new NAWOJ executives to be good ambassadors of the union.

“You should work with all stakeholders in the fight against the spread of fake news, gender-based violence, abuse, and as well as encouraging school enrollment, especially among vulnerable groups,” Musa said.