The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has claimed negative news about the nation is peddled by mischief-makers.
He stated this during his visit to Egypt while addressing the Nigerian community.
The minister has appealed to the Nigerian community in Egypt to disregard most of the negative news about Nigeria, especially on social media.
According to him, most of the news being received abroad about Nigeria are fake news, the country is at peace and the people are living harmoniously.
“There is no country without its challenges, we are facing our own just like Egypt did some.years back and they are out of it now.
“In Nigeria, we have the challenge of banditry, Boko Haram, and militants but that does not mean that Nigeria is at war.
“Nigeria in the last six years has been making tremendous developmental progress in infrastructure development, agriculture, aviation and other fields of endeavour.
“Unfortunately, the noise of the mischief-makers have drowned the laudable success of the administration.
“I want to assure every one of you here that whatever problem we have in Nigeria has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity,” he said.
The minister stressed that in spite of security and economic challenges the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was facing, it recorded tremendous achievements in many areas.
He listed some of the giant strides of the administration in roads, bridges, rail infrastructure as well as in agriculture, particularly self-sufficiency in rice.
NAN reports that some of the people who responded to the minister’s speech expressed happiness particularly on the rail project and the second Niger bridge which the minister said had reached 78 per cent completion.
NAN reports that the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Paulen Talen also made presentation at the event.
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