The “evil twins” of disinformation and fake news have become the weapons of naysayers – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday replied former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying his achievements are there for all to see.

He had earlier said, even the opposition is aware that his administration had degraded the Boko Haram sect.

Now, he reminds the former president that unlike his time when they chunk out between 800 billion and 1.3 trillion Naira as ‘subsidy’ yearly in their time, without making the products available even at regulated prices, his administration is not paying any subsidy, yet the product is available and queues have disappeared from the filling stations.

Buhari, therefore, posited that by now Nigerians Nigerians are brilliant and discerning, and won’t be taking in by the former president’s claims.

Reminder: Jonathan last week took a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing the party of lies and propaganda.

Buhari’s reply: The president punctured his claims with facts and figures at the Nigeria Government Forum (NGF), Media Conference For media handlers of state’s chief executive governors with the theme: “Governors Public Perception: Changing the Narrative Agenda”.

Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said, “In their time, they paid a subsidy of 3.7 billion Naira DAILY in 2011; 2.2 billion Naira DAILY in 2012 and 2013, and 2.5 billion Naira DAILY in 2014, all for products that were never available.

Describing disinformation and fake news, as “evil twins” in the public space, the president said that they have become potent weapons in the hands of the opposition, expressing worry that they will be the biggest obstacle at the 2019 general elections.

He said, “Let me be straight. This is the most difficult time for anyone to find himself or herself in your position. Why? Because in addition to working with a tight budget, you face the double tragedy of disinformation and fake news, buoyed to a large extent by the advent of Social Media.

Never before have these “evil twins” of disinformation and fake news permeated the public space as they have now and, make no mistakes about it, they have become potent weapons in the hands of naysayers.

Sadly, they will be the biggest obstacle facing you from now till the 2019 general elections, whether you believe it or not.

First, they created unnecessary panic in the society by claiming that Monkey Pox resulted from the Federal Government’s deliberate injection of people with the virus in certain states.

We had hardly dispelled that when they claimed that the military, which is going beyond the call of duty to support the civilian populace, has been injecting school children with Monkey Pox, forcing many parents across a number of states to withdraw their children from school for days. Imagine the implication of this on the affected children’s education and health.

Now, the disinformation is that ahead of the forthcoming election in Anambra, the government has been providing IPOB uniform to some people to cause mayhem, so they can in turn blame IPOB, and that many roads leading to Anambra will be closed before and after the elections, hence they advised Anambra residents to stay at home and not come out for the election.

This is all disinformation, pure and simple. There is no such plan.

Now, going hand in hand with disinformation and fake news is the new strategy of the naysayers to label the achievements of the government of the day as ‘propaganda and lies’ in order to discredit them.

It is for you, at your level, to use concrete facts to showcase the achievements of your principals. Nigerians are brilliant and discerning, and won’t be taken in by such deliberate denigration. But they also need facts and figures.

For our Administration, our achievements are there for all to see. We are delivering in the broad areas that formed the plank of our policies: Security, fight against corruption and the economy, which includes the massive provision of infrastructure, ease of doing business and agriculture, just to mention a few.”

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