The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it supports ongoing global media attention and efforts to check the proliferation of ‘fake news’ particularly as the country gears up for campaigns ahead of the 2019 elections
According to Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu National Publicity Secretary, “ the consequences of ‘fake news’ are often dire as it inflames perceived divisions in our communities, fuels hate speech, leads to violence and distorts democratic processes, among others.
He said the country’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its discredited agents, “have continued to deploy the loathsome strategy of ‘fake news’, misinformation and distortion of facts as focal campaign strategies for the 2019 elections.
He said: “Instead of engaging the electorate on serious issues of development such as health, education, economy, foreign policy, security, corruption, pension, job creation, infrastructure development among others, the PDP and its agents have chosen to populate the mainstream and social media space with ludicrous fake news and infantile conspiracy theories, moving from one absurdity to another.
“While the PDP ups its game as a crybaby, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration is busy building a new Nigeria for our collective progress, peace, unity and prosperity.
“We are restoring our country to its deserved standing among the comity of progressive nations; fighting corruption and repairing our value system, diversifying our economic revenue base, creating jobs and economic opportunities for Nigerians, particularly the poor; bringing succor to the insurgency-ravaged North-East; reforming the oil industry, power, defence, pensions, and other critical sectors; creating a world-class transportation system, amongst others.”