- Alhaji Lai Mohammed has alleged that the opposition is using fake news to campaign against the Buhari govt, ahead of 2019
- He further accused them of using fake news and hate speech to pit Christians against Muslims and one ethnic group against another
- Mohammed also accused the opposition of using fake news to blame all the killings in a certain part of the country on herdsmen
The opposition has been accused by the federal government of using fake news as a tool to campaign against the Muhammadu Buhari administration ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The accusation was leveled by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja, the nations’ capital on Monday, August 6, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Mohammed said the political opposition believed that latching on to fake news to create religious and ethnic disharmony and throw the country into turmoil was the best way to whittle down the popularity of the Buhari administration.
He said they were employing this strategy because the Buhari administration was performing well.
He stated: “With the Buhari administration delivering on its promises to fight corruption, build the nation’s economy and tackle insecurity, the opposition has realised it will not make any impact if it takes on the administration on that turf.
“So, it has decided to take the easy route, which is to use fake news and hate speech to whittle down the popularity of the administration, pit Christians against Muslims and one ethnic group against another.”
He added: “Many politicians know that the only way to distract this government is to spread fake news and they are being very selfish and they have amassed so much wealth that they can continue to sponsor fake news at a very dangerous level for as long as they want.
“Many of them have this morbid fear of the president being re-elected because they know that in his second term, the war against corruption will start yielding fruits.
“There are so many cases in court today; and they are just praying and doing everything to distract the government so that their cases will be scuttled.”
The minister further stated that that the opposition is ignoring the bands of deadly militia groups that are being sponsored by unscrupulous people to kill innocent citizens and put the nation on the edge; and is rather choosing to divide Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines by using fake news to blame all the killings in a certain part of the country on herdsmen.
He chided the opposition for allegedly distorting the fact that climate change and demographic pressure are aggravating the clashes between the farmers and herders.
This development follows a previous report by NAIJ.com, that Alhaji Lai Mohammed declared that the federal government will not stop the corruption trial of those who defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mohammed said defections to any political party would not make the government stop its prosecution of politicians suspected to be corrupt.
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