The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said to those asking President Muhammed Buhari to resign, he wished to tell them that Mr President will not resign while he has the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till the expiration of his tenure in May 2023.
While speaking at a press briefing in his office, Abuja on Thursday over spike in fake news and disinformation, he said fake news, disinformation and hate speech have become the weapons of choice to create tension in the polity and destabilize the country. “For some people, the 2019 elections are not over.
They are stuck in the pre-election mode. And they must continue to use these weapons to put Nigeria on edge. We have security challenges and we are tackling them head on. There is no question about that. But the challenges are being aggravated by fake news and disinformation, in particular” he said.
However, he said there have been some red herrings in recent times, including those calling for the resignation of Mr. President or the sack of the security chiefs. “I just want to say that the government, which has provided and continues to provide the military and the security agencies with the wherewithal, believes in their ability to tackle insecurity.
“These challenges will be successfully tackled. I will however advise all commentators, especially political and religious leaders, to be very careful at this time not to aggravate the situation with incendiary comments, comments that cash in on our religious, ethnic and political fault lines to further divide us.
He added that the kind of comments that have been attributed to some leaders, especially religious leaders, are incendiary and reckless. “Leaders should be part of solutions to problems, rather than aggravating situations”, he said.