The Federal Government of Nigeria has allocated the sum of N104,532,705 to tackle fake news, hate speech, and Banditry.
This was contained in the 2022 appropriation budget obtained on the website of the budget office of Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture in an interview with newsmen stated that Nigeria had graduated from ordinary fake news to “deep” fake news which according to him was being used to wage war against the government and its officials.
He had also said that at the beginning, purveyors of deep fake news were largely unknown online publications, adding that it was, however, unfortunate that otherwise reputable publications and some mainstream media had joined the bandwagon while adding that citizens found guilty would be sanctioned.
In the budget which was analyzed by our correspondent, it was realized that N55,642,215 would be used for “Special enlightenment campaign on Government’s Programmes and policies, testimonial series to gauge impact of government policies on the citizenry.
“Advocacy against fake news, hate speech,Farmers- herders clashes, banditry, rape e.t.c
The budget further stated that the sum of N48,890,490 would be used for “quarterly interaction with foreign media, PR lobby”.