Fake news are a result of a failed intelligence community, stakeholders
The Guardian recently reported that a directive to work out acceptable but stiff frameworks to arrest and prosecute fake news peddlers is underway,to be implemented by some key security agencies.
But stakeholders in the security sector are urging security agencies in the country to up their game, before the trend gets out of hand,especially before the 2019 elections.
Kabir Adamu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Beacon Security Consultants said the intelligence community in Nigeria needs to do more because the uneasiness generated by the fake news of the death of the president would have overwhelmed the country, if the mainstream media had keyed into the reports.
In a similar vein, another security expert, Max Gbanite said ability ofthese fake news about Buhari to gain traction in the country, portends
grave danger to the nations democracy and nationhood in general, as a good population of the President’s supported in the far North can misrepresent
this to represent anther form of sabotage. He said stories ought to be confirmed before they are published and the failure of the nation’s security architecture to monitor anything online before it goes out like China, America and other developed nations is the cause of this unfortunate trend.
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