Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has today said the nation could not afford another civil war.
This he said while warning Nigerians against the spread of fake news, at a two-day conference in Abuja, organised by Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), with “Democracy and Disinformation” as theme.
According to him, fake news is the greatest threat facing democracy and security in Nigeria.
He said the civil war started as a result of fake news and Nigeria cannot afford that anymore.
“The government has been doing its best in educating the public on the dangers of fake news through various avenues.
“The ongoing infrastructure projects across the country like the agriculture empowerment programs, are part of government deliberate effort to stimulate economic growth and create job opportunities.
“Every one of us must verify information sent to them for authenticity before circulation,” he said.
The minister stressed the need for everyone to work together to curb the threat of fake news.
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