Nigeria’s Information and Communication Minister Lai Mohammed has said the Federal Government would educate the masses to fight off “fake news.”
Mohammed said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the Presidential Villa following a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA had said the country imported three million metric tonnes of rice in 2018, 400,000 metric tonnes more than the quantity imported in 2017.
But Mohammed said described the story “fake news,” faulting the Atiku Media Organization for latching onto the report without verifying it.
“That will be at another level. What we are doing here is to educate Nigerians and let them know that the story is false,” the minister said.
“Whatever steps government is going to take, I have a responsibility as the Minister of Information and Culture of this country to tell you what government has achieved; and if anybody tries to demarket the government, to put the facts straight.
“I am not surprised that the Atiku Media Organisation latched unto this story and unfortunately they goofed because what they ought to have done when I was in their position as an opposition was to check with Central Bank, with Customs, rice farmers association and the millers. I have contacted all of them and what I am telling you is what I am telling you.”