Minister Of Information and Culture, Alhaji Laid Mohammed speaks on the issue of hate speeches & fake news and their after effect to Nigeria.
In an interview today with selected journalists, The minister stated that the current separatist movement bysome group in the country were as a result of hate speeches & fake news.
His words… It’s a pity that the PDP is not looking at this matter from a patriotic perspective. They are only looking at it from the partisan perspective which does not allow them to get the message we are sending out.
The message we are sending out is that it is because there is a country called Nigeria that is why there are political parties and that is also why we have media houses and journalists. The moment there is instability in the polity; then we are all at risk. On our own part, we are not politicising anything. All we are saying is that empirical evidence shows that there has been a rise in hate speeches, fake news and misrepresentations in the last couple of years and that it is these hate speeches and fake news that has been fuelling disunity as well as destabilising the polity.
We never attributed it to the PDP. Anybody out there will know that these hate speeches is aimed at destabilising the polity and distracting the government. We can see the manifestation of these hate speeches in the various crises all over the country. Our appeal is that those who are sponsoring these hate speeches should desist because the consequences are better imagined. We gave example of Rwanda. Now, we also know that these things are organised, massively funded and it’s not difficult to see why they are doing so. When you fight corruption, corruption will fight back.
This government has embarked on a crusade to cleanse the society and many of the people who, either because they don’t want this fight to continue are behind these hate speeches or people who are just our enemies.
I do not see how anybody can say either President Muhammadu Buhari or the APC are sponsoring hate speeches. But like I said, PDP should not take this issue personal but see it from a patriotic point of view. Today, hate speeches pose the greatest threat to Nigeria and that is why we can see separatist movements all over the country today.
If you listen to some of our radio stations, you will not believe that you are in Nigeria due to the kind of hatred that is spewed out. This is why we said it is a dangerous thing, it must be curbed and it must not be politicised