By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Nigerian Government is bent on regulating the social media to stem fake news, according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who said this while speaking on the End SARS protests, when he appeared before the House Committee on information, National Ethics and Values to defend his ministry’s 2021 proposed budget.
Mohammed described fake news as a ticking time bomb that had to be expeditiously addressed, saying: “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.”