Lagos( FN) The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has dismissed claims made by one Sergeant David Bako as fake news.
The minister said this on Sunday during a media briefing in Lagos, Nigeria. The minister dismissed as untrue news making the rounds, especially on social media that the abduction of the school girls in Dapchi was orchestrated by the government as it was contained in the claims of Sergeant Bako.
He described Bako’s revelation as a classic example of what he called disinformation and fake news.
“There was no conspiracy anywhere. There is no such soldier in the Nigerian Army. The intention of those behind the disinformation and fake news is into cause disaffection between Christians and Muslims, and between Southerners and Northerners. I can tell you categorically that this David Bako is fake,” Mohammed said.
Expressing gratitude to all Nigerians for their support and prayers over the release of the kidnapped students, the minister further stressed the government’s commitment in the ongoing fight against terrorism in the country.
He noted that the current administration was averse to meaningful dialogue while the military operations continue, adding that the deployment of the option facilitated the release of the kidnapped girls.
”The minister urged the media to be more discerning in disseminating materials that serve no other purpose than sabotaging ongoing efforts to end the insurgency in the North East and secure the release of the remaining Chibok and Dapchi girls.
Nigerians should prepare to see more avalanche of disinformation and fake news. But you should not lend any credibility to such reports. They belong to the trashcan!”
“We appeal for non-partisanship on the issue of security”, the minister said.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the conflicting statements from the police on the return of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, as an indication that “confusion reigns supreme in the President Muhammadu Buhari government.”
His Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, quoted the governor in a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti as saying it was embarrassing that the IGP could come on a “national television to deceive Nigerians by giving information that he was not sure of the release of the girl.”
He went on: “Nigerians can now see why it is advisable to check their calendar when President Buhari and his men say what the date is.”
It will be recalled that Sergeant David Bako over the weekend has berated the government of president Buhari for staging the abduction of Dapchi Girls just to boost Nigerians in him against next year’s election.