The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed recently revealed this in Abuja when he received officials of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations on a courtesy visit.
According to him, these sites focus on churning out fake news to fight the government, and the latest one was the fake publication on President Muhammadu Buhari’s mental status.
He added that the culprits only do this terrible thing because they know people are gullible and they will make the fake news to go viral.
His words, “It will amaze you that recently we unveiled almost 476 online publication sites that are dedicated to daily engaging in churning out fake news to fight the government.”
“The latest which I found ridiculous is the one that said days ago, that they had information that when Mr President was in the UK the last time, he was advised to step down because he could not even recognise members of his immediate family.”
“I begin to wonder how they can go this far, simply because they know that people are gullible and they will make the fake news to go viral.”
“A young man sent out letters to 600 people to enlist into Nigerian Army and collected N10,000 from each of them.”
“He asked them to report at the Okitipupa Army Barracks in Ondo state on a particular day to collect their letters of appointment.”
“At the same time, he alerted the Commandant of the Barrack that Boko Haram insurgents were coming to invade the barrack on the same day.”
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