Mallam Nasir Elrufai, Governor of Kaduna state has declared that the holy Quran is against fake news. The governor disclosed this on his Facebook page when he called on Nigerians to be careful of what they read.
He also called on Nigerians to investigate any story they read so as not to mislead other people.
The above statement by Elrufai was premise on a report credited to Danladi Ciroma, a leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, who was alleged to have claimed that the killings of 120 people by suspected herdsmen was as a result of the stealing of 300 cows.
“O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.” – Holy Quran – Surah Al-Hujuraat (49:6),” the governor posted on his Facebook page.
Swansylinks gathered has reported by NAIJ.com that as the rampaging violence and killings linked to clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some parts of the country continue to ravage the country, there are growing worries that fake news is one of the factors responsible for the relentless (reprisal) attacks.
According to BBC, fake news refers to completely false information, photos or videos purposefully created and spread to confuse or misinform.
It includes information, photos or videos manipulated to deceive – or old photographs shared as new.
Also categorized as fake news is satire or parody which means no harm but can fool people.