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2023 election: We will deal with purveyors of fake news – Nigerian govt

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai mohammed has said that with about three weeks to the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Feb. 25th, it is glaring that there has been a worrisome and astronomical increase in the use of fake news and disinformation, making this a clear and present danger to the success of the elections.

According to him, this increase is undoubtedly the work of some destabilizing agents, some of them linked to the opposition. They are churning out fake news and disinformation on an industrial scale.

Their sole aim is to destabilize the electoral process and plunge the nation into crisis.

Reacting to the above he said, “I have always said that this government will not stand by and allow some miscreants with access to phones and data to destabilize the country.

“I am therefore warning the purveyors of fake news and disinformation to desist.

“The government is not and cannot be
helpless. We have a range of options to checkmate the use of fake news and disinformation, and we are looking at the best options to ensure that the agents of destabilization do not thwart the
success of the elections with their unscrupulous resort to fake news
and disinformation. A word is enough for the wise, ‘ he cautioned.


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