Governor Ahmed El-rufai and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed have warned of the danger of fake news in the country ahead of the coming 2019 general election.
Consequently, El-rufai urged the Federal Government to enact legislation that would grant jurisdiction to state judiciaries to handle cases of fake news and hate speeches.
The current law in the country only grant the Federal High Courts jurisdiction to handle cases of fake news.
The duo spoke on Thursday in Kaduna when the Minister paid Governor El-rufai a courtesy visit.
The minister is in Kaduna for the 47th meeting of the National Council on Information, with the theme “Tackling fake news and hate speech to enhance peace and National unity”.
The governor who said he had a personal share of fake news; saying his Wikipedia was altered to change his nationality and was also alleged to have been clone and from Bamako, Mali.
He also cited the negative impact fake news have had on the state in recent times, assuring that the state will spear no effort in bringing to book all those invloved in spreading hate speech in the state, including an Abuja based Pastor and the Lagos based journalist.
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The governor stressed that conveyors of fake news should not be allowed to go free as they should be made to bear the consequences of their actions.
The Minister of Information and Culture, on his part said fake news has become the most difficult challenge confronting the country today as it is the most potent weapon in the hands of the opposition party in the run off to the 2019 general elections.
Mohammed however assured the opposition party that no amount of fake news will save them from total defeat again come 16th February and 2nd March 2019 general elections.
The Minister also warned that the country will begin to witness more of it, especially now that the election is at hand because the opposition have nothing to debase the ruling party with giving the numerous achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration within the short time