Nigeria is “safer today than at any time in recent times,” according to Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, since the worst of the unrest has passed.
At a Ministerial Session during the current UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week, the Minister made this statement.
He asserts that the military and other security organisations are capable of defending both natives and foreigners in Nigeria.
“I can assure all that our military and other security agencies have continued to do everything possible to secure and protect Nigerians and foreigners living in Nigeria.
Terrorists have been hard hit and put on the run. Bandits have been decimated and scattered. Our country is safer today than at any time in recent times, thanks to the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.
Nigerians too should continue to be alert but must not panic. Like I said in a recent statement, as far as insecurity is concerned, the worst is over for Nigeria.”
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Mohammed added that some media outlets and social media influencers disseminate untrue material on their platforms just for the purpose of “clickbait.”
“Talking of clickbait, this may be what informed the spread of the supposed security alert issued recently by some foreign embassies in Nigeria.”
One would imagine that if indeed this kind of security alert was issued, it was for the attention of citizens of the issuing countries in Nigeria. Suddenly, this alert found its way into the media, both new and traditional, thus creating panic in the polity.
Schools were shut, businesses were closed, travel plans were altered, lives were disrupted. No one cared to find out about the authenticity of these alerts. They just published, got the benefit of massive clickbait and damned the consequences.”he said
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