- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed how fake news recently put him in trouble with his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo
- The vice president said a blog had carried a headline stating that he was caught with strippers
- According to Osinbajo, the blogger had put up a wrong headline as he had indeed met with the women, but they had been fully clothed during the meeting
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's vice president, has decried the negative effects of fake news, disclosing that it recently put him in trouble with his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo.
The vice president made the disclosure on Wednesday, January 9, while speaking at a BBC symposium on fake news tagged ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’, in Abuja, Punch reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that Osinbajo said a picture depicting him posing with strippers had been put up on a blog.
He said he discovered, upon closer inspection, that he had indeed taken a picture with the women at an entertainment event; but that they were fully clothed.
According to the vice president, the blogger picked a photo of where the women were not fully clothed and presented it to the public wrongly.
He said: “I have been one of the targets of fake news. It can also sometimes cause you marital peace. I got a call from my wife about three or four weeks ago and she said 'Yemi what are you doing with strippers' and I said what do you mean by strippers? So, I read a story in a famous blog that said, ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’.
“And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much.
“In fact-checking (I noticed that) the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.
“As it turns out, I wasn’t in the picture of where they were not wearing clothes but just the caption. The stories and all that gave the impression that here I was in the company of these ladies at a point when they were doing their business. I think the capacity of fake news to cause great harm is not in doubt at all.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, said that the spread of fake news has become a threat to mankind and may cause World War 3.
Soyinka said this at the symposium organised by BBC News.
His words: “I’ve said this before that fake news may cause World War 3 and the fake news will be started by a Nigerian.”
The renowned playwright also lamented that many false statements have been attributed to him.
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