The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard the subversive
messages being circulated via text messaging and the Social Media,
saying the fabricated messages are being orchestrated by those who
feel threatened by the emerging order.
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there is no iota of
truth in the messages being circulated on the health of the President,
who is hale and hearty, and the purported emergency meetings of the
State Governors in Abuja or anywhere.
He said the naysayers have also resorted to the use of ethnicity and
religion as tools to divide Nigerians, overheat the polity and cause
panic among the citizenry, in addition to using fake news and
disinformation to distort government activities.
Alhaji Mohammed said while opposition and criticism are all part of
democracy, the crafting and circulation of subversive materials and
scare-mongering are not, hence the full wrath of the law will be
brought to bear on those who are bent on subverting the state.
”The source/sources of the fabricated messages are already being
investigated and the authors should prepare to face the consequences
of their actions.
”The emerging trend of resorting to destabilization and
scare-mongering is not unexpected, considering this government’s
clamp-down on the corrupt elements in the society, the plugging of all
financial leaks which has derailed the gravy train of the looters of
public treasury and the enthronement of probity and transparency in
”While we will neither stifle press freedom nor abridge the citizens’
right to express themselves freely, whether through criticism or
protests, the security agencies will neither allow any resort to
violence nor a willful subversion of the state for whatever reason,”
SA to Hon Minister of Information and Culture
25 Jan 2017