Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has told the National Assembly that the Executive arm regulates social media in order to prevent third world war.
Lai who is known for his use of superlatives and blatant lies to defend the Federal Government was defending the 2022 budget before the House of Representatives’ committee on information and national orientation.
He said the amount of fake news circulated on social media is far more dangerous and capable of far more harm than good.
“With fake news today and misinformation, I have always said here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.
“Information is not what it used to be, 20 to 30 years ago if the state or federal government had a television or radio and probably a newspaper; that was what we needed.
“The people today, they don’t read newspapers, they don’t watch television, it’s social media. And it is most expensive; the most unseen enemy, they are there every moment, and until we go to the same battlefield with them, there is nothing the government will do that will seem right,” he added.