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Alarmed! Some Nigerians in diaspora still rely on fake news says Lai Mohammed - ITREALMS

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has been alarmed that some Nigerians in Diaspora are still relying on unidentified platforms that purportedly peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria, reports 
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Alhaji Lia Mohammed
Mohammed in his remarks during the visit of members of the United Kingdom (UK) chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in Abuja, Tuesday, expressed shock that alleged fake news platforms still have the ears of diasporans.
"It is therefore alarming and disappointing that some Nigerians in Diaspora still rely on platforms that peddle fake news and misinformation about Nigeria," he said.

Also, he noted that each time Mr. President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, travels outside the country, he has made the engagement with Nigerians in his host country a regular affair, just as his ministry have always ensured that "we interact with Nigerians when we travel outside the country for official purposes."

According to him, "Unfortunately, the avoidable division among Nigerians in Diaspora in some countries has hampered such engagements."

He said his team will not relent in seeking out and engaging with patriotic Nigerians in Diaspora.

"It is in recognition of the relevance of Nigerians in Diaspora that the secessionist groups that are campaigning around the world for their causes have identified and are effectively using some of them (Nigerians in Diaspora) to propagate their fake narratives about the country, in addition to relying on their financial contributions to fund their nefarious activities. This is disheartening," he declared.

He equally appeal to NIDO to seize the initiative from those who are bent on painting Nigeria bad in the comity of nations.

"Yes, we have challenges, especially in the area of insecurity. But this Administration has not only acknowledged these challenges, it is earnestly tackling them. I make bold to say that no government in the history of this country has done so much with so little.

"The administration came in at a time that the country has lost one third of its revenue, due to a drastic crash in oil prices. Despite that, the administration has recorded tremendous achievements in the area of infrastructure - roads, rail, power, housing, dams, etc. -, Agriculture, where the country is closer than
ever to achieving self-sufficiency in major staples, the fight against corruption, which the administration is prosecuting in an institutionalized manner as well as the revamping of the economy, especially through diversification," Lai Mohammed said.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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