Lai Mohammed bemoans belief in fake news by Nigerians abroad

Lai Mohammed bemoans belief in fake news by Nigerians abroad

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has decried that some Nigerians in Diaspora; still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria.

According to the Minister, this is due to the activities of various secessionist groups that are campaigning around the world; propagating their fake narratives about the country.

Lai Mohammed stated this when he received members of Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO), UK Chapter, in Abuja on Tuesday, July 27.

He urged NIDO to seize the Initiative from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations, especially in the area of insecurity.

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The minister also implored the organization to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups, and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the feet of secessionist groups, insurgents, and anarchists who are bent on pushing false narratives to portray Nigeria in a bad light.

An excerpt from the statement by Lai Mohammed reads,NIDCOM has also ensured that Nigerians in Diaspora are well informed about the activities of the government. It is therefore alarming and disappointing that some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on platforms; that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria.

“Also, each time Mr. President travels outside the country, he has made the engagement with Nigerians in his host country a regular affair; just as we at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture have always ensured that we interact with Nigerians; when we travel outside the country for official purposes.

“Unfortunately, the avoidable division among Nigerians in Diaspora in some countries has hampered such engagements. But we will not relent in seeking out and engaging with patriotic Nigerians in Diaspora.

“I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to appeal to NIDO to seize the Initiative; from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations. 

“As an organized and well-connected group, I implore NIDO to leverage its contacts in government circles, parliamentary groups, and global think tanks in world capitals to help change the narrative and sweep the carpet off the feet of secessionist groups, insurgents, and anarchists who are bent on pushing false narratives to portray Nigeria in a bad light. I have no doubt that you will take this call seriously; and do everything in your power to change the narrative for the better.”

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