Help us fight fake news, Nigerian govt tells UNESCO

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

The federal government has called for the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, in fighting the scourge of fake news, disinformation and hate speeches.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the call on Thursday in Paris at the 39th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

The minister spoke against the backdrop of UNESCO’s Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and impunity.

Mr. Mohammed who reiterated the position of the Nigerian government never to engage in impunities against journalists, said that the global organisation must look into the negative trend of fake news and disinformation.

“Times are changing, and as much as we support that journalists must be protected and allowed to do their jobs without hindrance, we at the same time want UNESCO to consider the new menace of fake news and misrepresentations.

“Fake news and misrepresentations, while they may not directly take lives, the consequences are also grave.

“We, therefore, want UNESCO to lend its considerable weight in fight against fake news,’’ he said.

The minister also advocated better collaboration among various countries in the fight against illegal trafficking in artefacts.

He commended the move by UNESCO in amending the1970 convention against illegal trafficking and prohibition of endangered artefacts.

Mr. Mohammed said there was also the need to invest in public enlightenment and advocacy for people to take ownership of their cultural artefacts.

He identified poverty as one of the major reason for increase in the theft of artefacts.

“Because of poverty, many of our people sell off and conspire with those who are stealing artefacts.

“We need to educate them to know that a country without artefacts is without history and a country without history is likely not to progress,” he said.

Speaking in the same vein, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO, Mariam Katagum, said the country had signed and ratified all UNESCO Conventions on Culture including that on promotion of national heritage.

Ms. Katagum noted that beyond the ratifications, it was important to see how the conventions improved on the wellbeing of the common man.

She regretted that a UNESCO world heritage monument in Nigeria, the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa was attacked by the Boko Haram extremists and there were lot of damage.

The ambassador said UNESCO had, however, given assistance to Nigeria to rebuild what were destroyed and empowered member of the host community.

Ms. Katagum also said that UNESCO had prepared publications to train military personnel on how to ensure they do not destroy cultural property during armed conflicts.

She said her office had sent the manuals to the Nigerian Military for the training of their officers and men.

(NAN)


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  • A Nigeria for All

    Fake News?

    But your Yemi Osinbajo is the Chief of Liars!

    • Night Crawler

      You have lost your sense of reasoning

      • stackCrawler

        I agree

      • woman leader1

        Don’t mind him

    • woman leader1

      You are senseless , so is now yemi osibajo, you people just come up with different story and fake news every day, may God deliver us from you all.

    • progressive

      The VP has never lied for once is it because of what he said about Jonathan he is right in what he said about Jonathan, Jonathan mis rule this country with so much impunity he also imbibe corruption in his government

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Lai needs a mirror, he should take a hard long look at the mirror if indeed he is concerned about fake news, lies and propaganda .

    • Realchange

      Only the bad talk bad abt dis govt and other reasonable opposition are beginning to see good to belive abt buhari lead administration and kudos to lai for his great achievement so far by exposing the bad eggs that spread fake news

      • woman leader1

        Yes ooo, we are blessed with truthful and honest leaders, may God continue to guide and guard them all.

    • woman leader1

      May God continue to deliver us from you all fake carriers like you.

    • progressive

      Lai Mohammed knew what he is saying he is government and he is also the current minister of information I think he has brought a good idea we should all support him rather than criticising him

  • newday

    Mr Lai is looking for any excuse to continue throwing journalist in jail. I think he should get out of the kitchen if he can’t stand the heat..

    • princegab

      Thanks. They maybe planning to block the internet.

      • Night Crawler

        No government in his right senses will do such a thing, this administration is committed in making life better for Nigerians

        • woman leader1

          No doubt about that

        • princegab

          Amen, let’s fight to be sure.

      • progressive

        You are diverting issues why should a block the Internet even the government as a whole needs Internet I think know you should try and make sense in what you are saying.

      • progressive

        You are diverting issues why should a block the Internet even the government as a whole needs Internet I think know you should try and make sense in what you are saying..

    • Realchange

      Mr lai has not done anything wrong to any organization or wot so ever…he is a great man with version

      • stackCrawler

        Naso

    • Night Crawler

      He will never do that, he believes in freedom of speech but not with sharing false news

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

    • stackCrawler

      You had better shut up

    • woman leader1

      You make no sense at all.

    • progressive

      Hmic is saying the right thing because if we don’t look into this fake news he can cause problems in the country so this is the right time we must look into it

    • dele20

      Grow up and love Nigeria, at that, you will appreciate the effort of the Minister Lai Mohammed

    • White cane

      Soemthing is really wrong with you, you do wrong you go to jail nah

  • Solomon Brown

    Sending a know nothing like Lai on futile conferences such as this one, is a drain on what can be considered scarce resources, given we have just managed to wiggle our way out of a recession.
    With more pressing needs like terrorism and an upsurge in criminal activity that need to addressed urgently, all this intellectually deficient mutant’s brain could come up with is “fake news”.
    Well Mr Lai you can’t be talking about “fake news” when every time you open your mouth, 80% of all that hot air is fake news. Stop embarassing yourself and the country.

    • Realchange

      I guess u have nothing reasonable to comment..is better u stop fooling urself

      • woman leader1

        Obviously! He has nothing reasonable to contribute.

      • progressive

        He is a senseless human being

    • Night Crawler

      I believe you never read the article before jumping to comment, it’s UNESCO not economy forum or others you mentioned above, you just showed how shallow your level of thinking is

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

      • woman leader1

        Don’t mind him

      • Solomon Brown

        Go back to sleep mutant, Lai never says anything worth hearing.

    • woman leader1

      You make no sense at all.

      • Solomon Brown

        At least I make more sense than Lai and your whole clan of troglodyte mutants put together.

    • progressive

      You must be a senseless human being laid Mohammed has done the right thing fake news must be look into because it is indeed affecting the media works

      • Solomon Brown

        Do you happen to share the same brain with Lai? You sound just like him.

    • White cane

      You again still typing junks why have you decided not to help yourself and change for good in this season of change?

      • Solomon Brown

        Another mutant still talking about change. That is so 2015, wake up to reality, it is time to Change the change.

  • Night Crawler

    False news has dominated Nigeria, bloggers and fake websites has done more harm than good. I hope the hate speech and fake news they are spreading won’t cause another civil war, may God help us all

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

    • SpeakOut

      Amen, t ha to the reason why UNESCO has to be very serious with this job and not taking it likely with those spreading fake news all over

    • White cane

      It needs total eradication

    • dele20

      This administration us already fighting against disinformation, false news and hate speeches

  • Olatubosun

    Am still wondering why people spreading false news……

    • stackCrawler

      Abi o

  • Olatubosun

    Nigeria has been re-branded

    • stackCrawler

      Surely

    • SpeakOut

      To a better nation that accommodation and give zero tolerance to nuisance and looters.

  • stackCrawler

    Alh Lai Mohammed; always on point

    • White cane

      yes

    • dele20

      Exactly

  • stackCrawler

    Great one coming from HMIC; Alh Lai Mohammed, we support you sir

    • woman leader1

      Always supporting progress.

    • White cane

      yes oo

    • dele20

      Yes oooo, God bless our minister Lai Mohammed

      • mayGodpunishopressors

        Lai Mohammed is the grand master of fake news!!!. Am not surprise that he engage of e-rats to make comments in his favor even though all of us knows that he is a failure. he condemns corruption, but he squeezes MDAs under his domain to fund his foreign trips so that he can collect estacodes, even if the MDAs could not pay salaries

  • stackCrawler

    UNESCO should really come to our rescue and stop all this menace

    • woman leader1

      Yes ooo.

    • White cane

      exactly

  • SpeakOut

    We need to educate them to know that a country without artefacts is without history and a country without history is likely not to progress,” he said. This agency should take this work as a murdrer case, this is so important.

    • woman leader1

      Very true.

    • Night Crawler

      You are right because fake news and hate speech can cause ethnic and religious war

    • White cane

      you are on point

  • woman leader1

    Fake news need to be wipe off our society and those passing the fake news should also be exposed.

    • daygea

      Very correct.

    • White cane

      So true

  • daygea

    We have to give zero tolerance for fake news in this country. This is a good one from the minister.

    • White cane

      yes oo, no room for fake news

    • dele20

      The Minister always updates us

  • woman leader1

    This is a good news coming from HMIC, UNESCO should come and rescue us from the enemy within from those passing a fake news.

    • White cane

      Exactly and that shows that the minister is working

    • dele20

      I concur with you, you have a good point

    • front man

      Well said

  • progressive

    Kudos to Lai Mohammed fake news indeed must be checked because disinformation of fake news has case alot of atrocity so the UNESCO music looknow into this .

    • White cane

      HE’s a great man for the job

  • progressive

    Sometimes I wonder how this pdp was rats do think this is a minister who has been up and doing , what he has brought on the table is for the benefits of the country I think the naysayers should stop all this criticisms because they won’t gain anything from criticising the minister of information

    • White cane

      Don’t mind those pdPigs

  • progressive

    UNESCO indeed needs to partner with Nigeria in terms of looKing for a way out to stop fake news in the country.

    • White cane

      That’s what we need right now fake news everywhere.

      • Charles

        my brother when did you join the e-rat cult?

  • progressive

    Kudos to Lai Mohammed it shows that he is a man of integrity.

    • White cane

      Yes oo

    • dele20

      Exactly

    • Night Crawler

      His the mouthpiece for the common man and doing everything within his power to take his ministry to greater heights

  • dele20

    Fake news, disinformation and hate speeches are to be vehemently dealt with

  • White cane

    God bless you Sir and thanks for the great work you are doing.

    • front man

      Amen

  • dele20

    Kudos to the minister for information”Alhaji Lai Mohammed “for always updating us positively reflecting and assiduously working for the betterment of this great nation

    God bless our country

    • Night Crawler

      Amen, Alh Lai Mohammed remains the best minister of information Nigeria ever had, working 24 hours round the clock to help make Nigeria a better place

      • front man

        Honestly he remains the best

    • front man

      Correct you have spoken well

    • thusspokez

      The man made a fóól of himself and his country asking UNESCO to help…and you lot are all applauding him? Are your all this ignorant?

    • m

      @dele20 fake news. Lai Mohmammed is the founder, nourisher and sustainer of fake news in Nigeria. shameless man. you open your mouth and vomit every negative propaganda against PDP government, not knowing he will be a victim of his past.

  • front man

    Well said HMIC

  • thusspokez

    The federal government has called for the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, in fighting the scourge of fake news, disinformation and hate speeches.

    Mr Lai Mohammed may also want to appeal to God to help his government fight fake news. What powers exactly, does the UNESCO possesses to fight this so-called fake news?

    Mr Lai Mohammed is an illiterate and an ignoramus with regard to how UNESCO works. For UNESCO to start dealing with “fake news”, it must first come up with a (1) definition of “fake news” and (2) recognise it as a world-wide problem. And as everyone familiar with how the UN works. the definition is arrived by consensus of majority of the member nations. So far, none exist (The UN cannot even agreed on the definition of “terrorism”).

    This is why Mr Lai Mohammed sound so stúpid asking UNESCO to help his government fight something which the body does not even have in its lexicon let alone recognise as a word-wide problem.

    • dpfrank

      So in your delusional mind you know more than Lai Mohammed? Just shut up because lack of home training is telling on you

  • Wetin Naija

    Lai Mohammed you are the fake news

    • dpfrank

      Stop f00ling around

  • Roseline

    The foundation for fake news and propaganda was laid by you. Confess and repent then you’ll find peace. KARMA IS REAL.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    So globalist tendencies exist with any and every government in Nigeria today. It really is tragic.