Fayose visit Tinubu, showers praises on APC leader

Fayose visit Tinubu, showers praises on APC leader

Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has clarified that his visit to the former governor of Lagos State and a leader in the ruling All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu was on health grounds.

Tinubu returned to Nigeria earlier this month after spending weeks in London recovering from knee surgery.

Many thought Fayose’s visit could be in connection with Tinubu’s rumoured ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, Fayose dispelled such rumours in a Facebook post on Tuesday, October 12.

“To those negative political analysts, this visit notwithstanding, I remain an unrepentant PDP leader and key stakeholder,” Fayose said.

He suggested that despite their political differences, Tinubu was still deserving of his visit, noting that “politics should be about love for each other.”

“Health issues know no political party and in this part of the world, we seldom celebrate people when they are alive,” the former Governor said.

“Rather, we like to sign condolence registers. To me, that is not the best way to live.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, October 12, in Abuja reiterated the call on media houses to set up a desk to fact-check all information at their disposal before dissemination.

Lai Mohammed made the call at a One-Day Symposium with the theme, “Information as a Public Good,” organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

The event is in partnership with the National Broadcasting Commission, Nigerian Press Council, and NATCOM UNESCO.

According to the Minister, fake news, misinformation, and hate speech could lead to civil unrest; and impact negatively on national cohesion, “hence we must eschew this practice.

Lai Mohammed also enjoined the media to weed out those whose activities, which include spreading fake news; misinformation; and hate speech are undermining professionalism and eroding confidence in the media.

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“We must at all times note that safeguarding our nationhood and positioning our country and citizens; for true development and growth must remain sacrosanct.

“The symposium could not have come at a better time than now; when the term ‘collective good’ has been distorted with the proliferation of fake news, misinformation, and hate speech in our media space.

“I want to reiterate my call to the media to set up a desk; to fact-check all information at their disposal before dissemination. I have observed that some media outfits have kick-started this process.

“I commend them greatly for this patriotic act, I urge others to emulate this worthy example; by setting up this desk,” the minister said.

 

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