L-R: Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, Sylvanus Nsofor, and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, when the Minister visited the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has cautioned Nigerians in the Diaspora over total reliance on social media news content.
He told them not to believe hook line and sinker everything they read on the social media about happenings in the Nigeria, saying most of what emanates from the social media is fake news.
Addressing the staff of the Nigerian Embassy to the United States in Washington, DC, on Friday, the Minister said they should rely on credible sources for news from home.
He advised them to download the FGN-iAPP on their mobile devices in order to have access to authentic Nigerian news.
Mohammed said the Nigerian government recently launched the National Campaign Against Fake News in order to stem the spread of false and misleading information, which is capable of threatening the peace and security of the country.
‘No ethno-religious crisis’
The Minister, who is in the US to interact with past and current senior US government officials and stakeholders in the US policy on Africa, under the auspices of the think tank Atlantic Council, said the picture being painted in some circles of an ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria was far from the truth.
“Despite such crises as the farmers-herders clashes and communal conflicts, Nigerians for the most part, are living together harmoniously. Nigeria is not at war,” he said.
Mohammed said the tempo of the killings arising from the farmers-herders crisis is going down and that the government is committed to ending the incessant clashes once and for all.
The Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Ambassador Sylvanus Nsofor, while welcoming the Minister to the Embassy, said staff are capable of delivering on their mandate in the US.
Meanwhile, the Defence Attaché Air Commodore, Emmanuel Udenyi said there is the need to apply caution in the way and manner news item about Nigeria is being consume on social media.
According to him, most of the content tilts towards exaggeration especially as around ethno-religious prism.