Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has said that social media is also a contributing factor in Nigeria’s current disunity. ayokinews.com reports
Ribadu, while speaking at a media briefing in Abuja (FCT), on Sunday, reacted to a circulating social media report that he accused Nigerian government officials of sponsoring banditry and terrorism in the country.
Speaking on the circulated report, Ribadu stated that social media is now a comfortable house for peddling fake news, which creates creates religious and ethnic divisions in the country.
In his words: “July 2019 was the first time I came to know about it, and I came out with a very strong denial, saying that it was a fabrication and had no basis.
“It was a piece of rubbish with very bad grammar and factual destruction, but indeed very damaging. I reacted very strongly after that. It didn’t stop and I was forced again to issue a statement denying it.
“I thought that would have been the end of it, but not long afterwards, it started coming back again and I’m worried and concerned.
“I want to again deny in the strongest terms and send a message to everybody to disregard the statements. It is not fair; it is not just. It is very sinful for you to create something from nowhere and attribute it to an innocent person who doesn’t know anything about it. I have nothing to do with that message.
“This is my strongest denial. Everybody should please disregard the statement. It is not from me; it is not true. Social media is, today, partly responsible for what is going on in our country by trying to promote things that are not true and creating division based on religion and ethnicity, among other things.
“They are not being fair to us, and I think the government has a duty and a responsibility to take action; nobody else can do it. As private citizens, we have limited capacity to take action; government has to.”