Tag: Fake News

Just In: Niger state govt debunks viral video of Boko Haram terrorists forcefully converting people to Islam

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has debunked a video circulating on social media alleging that Boko Haram terrorists are forcefully converting people to Islam in the state. The video was shared by many handles on Twitter including a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who said it happened in territories[Read More…]

Fake News and the Irresponsibility of Nigerian Elites

By TO Faniran writes With the rapid and continued infamy of fake news becoming a global pandemic, we must have yet another look at what this scourge holds for our society. In recent times, we have seen how peddled lies have been used as tools to stir up people to[Read More…]

Media Literacy: Everyone should be a fact checker

On the 31st March 2020, the UN took an official position on false information and its threat to humanity, following the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres’s declaration on Twitter that “our common enemy is COVID-19, but our enemy is also an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation”. With this acknowledgement of the danger of false[Read More…]

Special Analysis: On Fake News in Nigeria; Why We Should All Be Worried

Friday, October 10 2019. Sitting in a taxi, heading to work, I clock in on a conversation about the president getting married. There was an unusual traffic along the road that connects AYA to the popular Finance bridge in the Federal Capital. “New Ministry. New Wife” the driver said. Everyone[Read More…]

Anti-social media bill and rift between citizenry, government

“The point in contention, in Nigeria, is that with such bill in the hands of a government many fear is capable of abusing power is a dangerous weapon.” The Nigerian government’s intention to pass the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill, popularly termed as the Social Media bill, combined[Read More…]

No Bomb Explosion At South African High Commission in Nigeria

The Nigerian Government debunks reports circulated on social media of a bomb explosion at the South African High Commission in Abuja, on Saturday. In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the report “is fake news orchestrated by desperate opposition to cause panic[Read More…]

Audu Maikori Will Be Prosecuted For Posting “Fake News”– Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna Insists

Chocolate City co-founder, Audu Maikori, was recently arrested by the police over a series of tweets he sent to his followers, alleging that some students of the Kaduna State College of Education had been killed by Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna. He is currently out on bail but Kaduna state[Read More…]

“Fake News More Dangerous Than Boko Haram” – Lai Mohammed Calls For Military Intervention on Social Media

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the phenomenon of fake news, if left unchecked, poses more threat to the nation than insurgency and militancy. The minister reiterated this position on Tuesday in Abuja at the seventh edition of the National Security Seminar with the theme “Consolidating[Read More…]