By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 16, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has aksed Nigerians to disregard stories making the rounds on social media that one of the Chinese doctors that recently arrived the country was COVID-19 positive. Mr. Mohammed who was reacting to a trending twitter message purportedly emanating from the federal government’s official handle, expressed his views on the matter during Wednesday’s press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, which he is a member of.
In his words,“This morning, there was a message that went viral, to the effect that one of the Chinese doctors tested positive and that news was supposed to have emanated from the Twitter handle of the federal government.
“I want to say, to the best of our knowledge here, there’s no such thing.
“I’ve also just received two hate dramas and other fake news while I was sitting here, which I’ve been unable to open. But we will continue to debunk fake news and we’ll try our best to timely give you information about the COVID-19, either through our daily press briefings or through the website of the NCDC and the task force”.