The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday said fake news poses more threat to the unity of Nigeria than insurgency and militancy.
Mohammed made the remark during the seventh edition of the National Security Seminar with the theme, “Consolidating on the Gains of Counter Terrorism Operations in Nigeria’’ in Abuja.
The Minister said fake news “is so serious that it threatens to break the country rapidly even more than insurgency.’’
Mohammed also urged the Nigerian Army to consolidate on information dissemination in order to completely defeat Boko Haram insurgents.
He added, “We must pay adequate attention to communication strategy and have our people who will be very active also on the social media.
“It is a front that has been largely neglected which we must now pay special and adequate attention to.
“Regrettably, fake news is circulated worldwide through the means of the social media and it travels faster.
“Only recently, we have to refute the fake news that Nigeria today is the most difficult place for Christians to live.
“there was also the fake report that the armed forces of Nigeria armed the Fulani herdsmen and instigate them to carry out attacks
“All these news are unfounded, fake and has the capacity to set one religion or group against the other.”