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Opposition parties have weaponised fake news because they can’t match APC -Lai Mohammed

  Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says some opposition political parties have weaponised fake news because they cannot ma...

 

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says some opposition political parties have weaponised fake news because they cannot match the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a free and fair election.

 

Speaking at the fourth edition of the federal government’s scorecard in Abuja on Tuesday, Mohammed said the trend is dangerous and must be stopped.

 

“In recent times, we have all witnessed how a letter purportedly from INEC was used to cast aspersions on the candidate of the ruling APC,” the minister said.

 

“Shortly after that, the death of an innocent man was turned into a political tool to further attack the same APC candidate.

 

 “Of course, there have been other cases similar to the two I have just enumerated. This is a dangerous development which must be nipped in the bud.

 

“If the opposition has suddenly realised that they cannot match the ruling party in a free and fair election, and have thus decided to weaponise fake news and disinformation, the media should not allow itself to be used for that nefarious purpose.”

 

Mohammed lamented that there are those who are bent on using fake news as a strategy to win elections.

 

 “We have all seen the damage done to elections in other climes by fake news and disinformation,” he said.

 

“No government will sit by and allow anyone or any organization to use fake news and disinformation to sow the seeds of discord.

 

“We are therefore compelled to warn the purveyors of fake news and disinformation, especially in the run-up to next year’s elections, to stop forthwith.

 

“Enough is enough.”


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