- Reactions have continued to trail the attacks by bandits in the northern parts of the country
- A former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, advised Nigerians to beware of fake news
- Abubakar said fake news is capable of escalating security challenges in the country
A former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has discredited reports accusing him of having links to a helicopter impounded for supplying food to bandits.
The former Nigerian leader on Sunday, May 9, in a statement issued by his media aide, Dr Yakubu Suleiman, described the report as fake news, The Nation reported.
“This kind of fake news has the potential of aggravating the already tense security situation in the country and should not be condoned.”
According to PM News, Suleiman called on Nigerians to ignore the false report, adding that was intended to smear the image of Abubakar.
The spokesperson said:
''I urge Nigerians to ignore such treacherous acts and to be careful with the kind of information they dish out and share on Social Media.''
Meanwhile, the ambassador of South Korea to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, has said the security challenges facing Nigeria can be solved in-house.
According to him, the security challenges were ‘mere family affairs’ that can be resolved domestically and does not require the intervention of the international community, but regional cooperation, Guardian reports.
He urged the military to be professionalised because they have the job of holding the centre that holds the society together.
In another news, Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, raised eyebrows on Tuesday, May 4, when he claimed kidnapping and banditry were not federal offences.
The minister was responding to statements credited to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the security challenges facing the country.
Shortly after making the statement, social media erupted as many found the claim outrageous. The minister's name became a trending topic as Nigerians on Twitter berated him for the statement which they believed was untrue.