Buhari’s government being threatened – Lai Mohammed | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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 The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said​ ​the growing cases of hate speech, disinformation and fake news in the​ ​country are being orchestrated by naysayers and their sponsors​.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari led government was being threatened and blackmailed in a bid​ to​ ​discredit the government, destabilize the polity and make the country​ ​ungovernable​.​
The Minister made the statement at the Extra-ordinary Meeting of the​ ​National Council on Information (NCI), which has the theme ‘​’​Hate​ ​Speeches, Disinformation, Fake News and National Unity”, in Jos,​ ​Plateau State​.

”The campaign (to discredit the government) is a multi-million naira​ ​project and the people behind this string of hate speech,​ ​disinformation and fake news are not about to stop. In fact, they will​ ​become more vicious in the days, weeks and months ahead,” he said.
Mohammed blamed the resurgent push for separatism, as well as
​ ​the rising cases of ethnic and religious disharmony on the ”growing​ ​phenomenon of hate speech, as well as the disinformation and fake news​ ​campaign”, and warned that hate speeches and incitement to violence​ ​set the stage for the genocide that left at least 800,000 people dead​ ​in Rwanda in 1994.
He traced the worsening cases of hate speech in the country to the​ ​period leading to the last general elections, when the then​ ​presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),​ ​Muhammadu Buhari, was the target of a vicious campaign.

”Never in the history of electioneering campaign in Nigeria has such​ ​a quantum of hate speech been directed at any candidate. This did not​ ​stop even when he won the election and became President.
“For instance,​ ​the President had hardly left Nigeria for his vacation in London on 19​ ​January 2017, during which he said he would have routine medical​ ​check-up, when these hate and fake news campaigners circulated the​ ​news that he has died. Between then and now, they have repeated​ ​similar fakes news times without number,” the Minister said.
He cited three instances of disinformation and fake news targeted at​ ​him, including when he was quoted as saying the government does not​ ​know who will sign the 2017 budget, when what he said was that whe​n​ the budget is transmitted to the presidency, a decision will be taken.
​Mohammed ​recalled​: ”On Wednesday, 26 April​ ​2017, after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, I​ ​briefed State House Correspondents on what transpired at the meeting.​
Buhari did not preside​ ​over the day’s meeting because he decided to work from home that day.​ ​In reporting my briefing, one of the correspondents quoted me as​ ​saying the President would work from home henceforth, rather than on​ ​that day only.
”Also in May 2017, I travelled to China on official assignment. I had​ ​just arrived in that country, after a long flight, when I started​ ​receiving calls from Nigeria, seeking my reaction to a story making​ ​the rounds in the Social Media, quoting me as saying that though​ ​President Muhammadu Buhari is in a London hospital, he is using​ ​Made-in-Nigeria drugs. I purportedly made the comment in an interview ‎with Channels Television, after the Federal Government’s launch of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign in Abuja a few days earlier.
”At first, I chose to ignore the story, saying Nigerians would easily​ ​see the folly of it. But the phone calls from Nigeria became more​ ​frequent and more intense, to such an extent that they could no longer​ ​​be ignored. I had to put a call through to Mr. John Momoh, and​ ​Channels Television promptly issued a rebuttal, saying it neither​ ​interviewed me nor​ ​carried any such story.”
On the way forward, he said ​”​Nigerians must say NO to hate speech and​ ​boycott any medium that is used to spew hate or that engages in​ ​disinformation and fake news​”​, adding that if left unchecked, the​ ​canker-worm of hate speech, disinformation and fake news is capable of​ ​undermining national unity and pushing the nation to the precipice.

The Minister also told the delegates to the meeting, which included​ ​government information managers from all the states of the federation,​ ​that every state must emulate what the Federal Government has done,​ ​through acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who held a series of​ ​engagements with key stakeholders to calm frayed nerves in the​ ​aftermath of the quit notice recently issued to section of the country
by northern youths​.​

”We must be resolute in tackling the canker-worm of hate speech,​ ​disinformation and fake news. We as government information managers​ ​​must embark on a relentless campaign against these evil tendencies at​ ​our various levels, whether federal or state,” he said, adding that​ ​the regulators must also be alive to their responsibility by​ ​sanctioning erring media outlets​.​

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  1. Threatened by you. You started it, so end it....lies,misinformation, not getting your act together

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    1. Nonsense comment from a fool @nonymous 12:17PM

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  2. I'm not going to indulge you. Only bigger fools like you use insults as response, instead of making useful contributions. It's either you agree or disagree with me cogent reasons. Not to resort to insult as your weapon. It shows how weak you are

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  3. what ever a man sows he reaps why complain now

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