The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has accused some Nigerians of financing a misinformation “fake news” campaign on social media in a bid to override the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Lai made the claim during his speech to a group of the Nigerian Embassy staff in Berlin, Germany, and a cross-section of Nigerians resident in Germany on Friday. He suggested that the people should subscribe to a government owned information service – a mobile app – for “authentic information.” Alhaji Lai said:
”The naysayers have taken to the Social Media to distort the situation in Nigeria. They are spending huge amounts of money to spread fake news about Nigeria, hoping it will override the string of achievements by the Administration. That is why Nigerians at home and abroad must ensure they have access to authentic information. One way is to download the FGNiAPP on their hand-held devices. It is free!”
He boasted that the Nigerian economy is in good shape and credit the Federal Government’s diversification efforts. ”The economy is on a steady growth, as attested to be the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics: The economy attracted $12.2 billion in foreign investments in 2017, up from $5.38 billion in 2016. That represents 138% increase; The economy further consolidated its recovery from recession with GDP growing by 1.92% in Q4 2017, compared to 1.40% in Q3 2017 and a contraction of -1.73% in Q4 2016; This means the economy ended 2017 with a growth of 0.82% compared to a contraction of -1.58% in 2016.
”GDP Growth in Q4 2017 was driven by growth in crop production, crude production and natural gas, metal ores, construction, transportation and storage, trade, electricity and gas production, indicating that the Administration’s diversification effort is working,” Alhaji Lai said.
The Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, informed the Minister that the Nigerian diaspora was committed to the country and are in tune with the policies of the Buhari administration.
”There is a burgeoning Nigerian community (in Germany) committed to the prosperity of Nigeria. They are well in tune with the policies of (the Nigerian) government and they are accomplished men and women and worthy ambassadors,” Tuggar said.
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