The Federal Government (FG) has urged the media to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against fake news and misinformation in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha gave the advice on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
He spoke at the training of “Communication Managers on Fake News and Hate Speech’’ in Abuja.
The training was organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms.
Mustapha described fake news as false and misleading information presented as news.
The FG urged media practitioners and managers to assist in bridging the divide between governments and citizens; in terms of the implementation of government reform policies and programmes.
“Strengthening transparency in governance will require the public sector to public communication as a tool to systematically raise citizens awareness which in turn would reduce the potency of hate speech in the country while aiding the FG,’’ Mustapha said.
Dr Bala Muhammad, a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication; Bayero University, Kano State, described media managers as media literates.
He urged them to unite against fake news and misinformation to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
Muhammad said that most of the users of social media were not media literate; hence they easily fall for fake news and misinformation in the country.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is not interested in naming or shaming Boko Haram sponsors and other financiers of terrorism in the country.
This call was clarified by the Special Adviser to the Presidency on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
He stated this during a Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ current affairs programme which aired on Monday, September 21.
1st News had reported that the United Arab Emirates named and prosecuted six Nigerians and 32 others for allegedly financing terrorism.
A statement issued then by the Presidency noted that around 400 Bureau De Change operators were arrested; for funding Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Asked to give an update on the prosecution of terror sponsors in the country; Adesina, who is part of the entourage of the President in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, said, “Naming and shaming would not be the motive; rather bringing malefactors to justice would be it.
“The FG is not interested in naming and shaming anybody, rather it wants to bring them to justice.”