Expressing concern about what he described as the epidemic of fake news on social media which he said was now comparable to the coronavirus pandemic, the minister also regretted that the traditional media was also involved in scaremongering.
“The epidemic of fake news is now competing with the pandemic of coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the disease. Instances of such fake news include
– That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has been commandeered for a top government official
– That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
– That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on a ventilator.
“It’s all fake news.”
He also lamented that many Nigerians were not giving the necessary cooperation needed to help suppress the virus.