The Presidency has urged Nigerians to disregard “purveyors of fake news” against President Muhammadu Buhari, his family and administration.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Media and Publicity, issued this warning in a statement to Okay.ng newsroom on Tuesday.
According to Adesina, citizens should avoid consuming unverified stories, especially from social media.
The statement reads: “Purveyors of fake and concocted information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful what they consume as news, and share with others, particularly from the social media.
“An unfounded information has been making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to the United Kingdom for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia, and then Austria. Fake. It is nothing but falsehood from mischievous minds.
“Members of the First Family, ministers, top government officials, the military, and other key institutions, are equally objects of this orchestrated falsehood, coming from enemies of national cohesion.
“We urge Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as credible information, and restrain themselves from sharing what they have not authenticated as genuine. That is how we can all collectively beat the malevolent minds at their pernicious games.”