The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says fake news on social media, if not tackled, can cause great damage to the world.
Mohammed made this assertion during an interview on Channels Television’s News Night which aired on Monday, February 22.
“The mix of fake news using social media platforms has now become cancer that if the world does not take time, it will destroy the world,” the minister said.
While noting that he has always been at the forefront of the fight against fake news; the minister reiterated his stance that “the next war will be caused by fake news;” calling for collaboration among stakeholders to tackle the menace.
“If we do not take the issue of fake news, social media seriously, it will be at our own peril,” Mohammed noted.
He, however, dismissed fears that the Federal Government may want to stifle the media via the regulation of social media; explaining that stakeholders have always been carried along in the country’s quest to curb fake news.
“The government is setting up a high-powered committee to see how we can make social media more responsible,” he said. “And I want to say this clearly, nobody has the intention of stifling the media.”
Meanwhile, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has attributed the current high crime rate in the country to drug abuse; saying no fewer than 15 million Nigerians are currently using illicit drugs.
Retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, disclosed this on Monday, February 22, in Port Harcourt during his first familiarisation tour to sister security agencies and stakeholders in Rivers state.
According to him, the country is getting destroyed by the drug scourge; adding that all the criminalities that the country is currently facing are being perpetrated by illicit drug users.
“Armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, militancy, rape and other social vices are carried out by illicit drug users.
“Nobody in his right senses will partake in any of these nefarious activities; so if we are able to rid our society of illicit drugs; crime rates would have been drastically reduced in the country,” he noted.