Presidency urges Nigerians to beware of fake news peddlers

Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Presidency has debunked reports making the round that President Muhammadu Buhari would be embarking on a lengthy trip abroad from Wednesday February 19 to 4th April.

Addressing State House Correspondents, on Monday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the report, which emanated on the social media on Sunday was full of falsehood orchestrated by mischief makers.

He said: “Purveyors of fake and concocted Information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful what they consume as news, and also share with others, particularly from the social media.

“In the past couple of days there is this trend that shows that there is an orchestration of fake news, the most violent, evil and pernicious that is capable of generating restiveness and throwing the country into a tailspin.

“An unfounded information has been making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to the United Kingdom for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia, and then Austria. Fake. It is nothing but falsehood from mischievous minds.”

Soft Targets
The Presidential spokesperson further said the mischief makers are not targeting only the President for ridicule, but members of his family and cabinet.

“Members of the First Family, Ministers, top government officials, the military, and other key institutions, are equally objects of this orchestrated falsehood, coming from enemies of national cohesion.

“We know that Nigeria has been passing through challenging times, during the past weeks, particularly due to security challenges and now they have added disinformation to it.

“Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi was said to have been attacked at Rigasa in Kaduna State, he has denied it, the Air Force was alleged to have killed 250 insurgents, they have denied it, just last week, an online platform published the falsehood that Zahra, the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, got employment through the back door as a Deputy Manager at the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency PPPRA, there is no truth to it. It seems it is a deliberate effort to cause as much disaffection as possible in the country and now they say the President is travelling,” he said.

Adesina therefore, urged Nigerians to beware of mischief makers and sieve any information that comes their way especially through the social media.

He said: “We urge Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as credible information, and restrain themselves from sharing what they have not authenticated as genuine. That is how we can all collectively beat the malevolent minds at their pernicious games.”