We Have Uncovered 476 Online Sites Set Up To Provide Fake News And Fight Buhari-led Govt ― Lai Mohammed

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The Minister Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai , has stated 476 online publication sites which post fake news about the Buhari-led administration have been uncovered.

He disclosed this on in Abuja when he received the Nigerian Institute Public Relations on a courtesy visit

said the latest the hatchet jobs by the traducers was the fake publication on President Muhammadu Buhari’s mental status.

“It will amaze you recently we unveiled almost 476 online publication sites are dedicated to daily engaging in churning fake news to fight the .

“The latest which found ridiculous is the said days ago, they had information when Mr President was in the UK the last time, he was advised to step down because he could not even recognise members of his immediate family.

begin to wonder how they can go this far, simply because they know that people are gullible and they will make the fake news to go viral,’’ he said.

The minister noted that fake news is taking a new dimension and threatening the existence of the country.

He said the debilitating effects of the menace was not only on the but on every Nigerian.

noted that many marriages had been wrecked as a result of fake news, particularly while people had lost their lives and many others committed suicide.

To buttress his position, the minister recalled a recent report where fake news almost led to the killing of 600 applicants by scammers.

“A young man sent letters to 600 people to enlist into Nigerian and collected N10,000 from each of them.

“He asked them to report at the Okitipupa Barracks in Ondo state on a particular day to collect their letters of appointment.

“At the same time, he alerted the Commandant of the Barrack that Boko Haram insurgents were coming to invade the barrack on the same day,’’ he said.

Mohammed said his had spearheaded the campaign against fake news years back before the menace got so bad.

He said the NIPR had a critical role to play in ensuring the fight against fake news.

“This is where your body comes in because you have a powerful platform to ensure that the menace of fake news is confronted squarely.

“Regrettably, however, members of this institute have been found wanting, they have most times place pecuniary interest and motives above patriotism and nationalism

“You will recall the sad incidence of the P&ID saga.

“It was a member of this institute, a firm of PR consultants that was hired to give impression to the world that Nigeria entered into agreement with P&ID and renege and have to about nine dollars.

“It took the combine interventions of this and the Office of the of the to go to the UK to change the narrative to prove that the purported contract was a huge scam,’’ he said.

The minister admonished members of the institute to place nationalism and patriotism over and above pecuniary gains in the discharge of their duties.

He also assured NIPR of the support of the in its proposed plan to use its platform to engender stakeholders interaction and engagement on national security and cohesion.

Earlier, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, the National President and Chairman, Governing Council of NIPR said they were willing to work with the Federal to engender peace and unity.

He also seized the opportunity to invite the minister to the Annual General Meeting of the Institute holding in Bauchi in May.