Minister of Information and Culture – Lai Mohammed has spoken on the regulation of social media and the internet for the spread of fake news and misinformation while referring to the END SARS protests.
The Nigerian Govt has insisted to checkmate fake news and regulate social media.
He was saying this while he was put before the House of Committee on information, National Ethics and the value to protect the 2021 proposed budget of his ministry.
He has also warned that Nigeria is playing and sitting on gunpowder if the issue of fake news is not resolved.
He said, “The biggest challenge facing Nigeria today is fake news and misinformation. Based on that, we dedicated an entire National Council on Information’s meeting to that issue, after which we launched a national campaign against fake news in July 2018.
“We said, then, that the next war will be fought without a shot being fired, but with the use of fake news. We didn’t stop there. We went on a tour of all media houses to solicit their support in the fight against fake news.”
During the protest of End SARS, a report of several people were dead at the Lekki toll gate in the state.
Speaking of the toll gate, Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has confirmed their is only one death as a result of the shooting