The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has slammed reports that one of the Chinese doctors recently brought into Nigeria had tested positive for the COVID-19.
Lai Mohammed, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) debunked this claim on Wednesday, April 15, during a press briefing.
He also lamented the rate at which fake news is being churned out on social media.
According to the minister, this has made the fight against the pandemic more difficult for the taskforce.
Lai Mohammed also took the time to deflate reports claiming that members of the National Assembly had shared a N700 million fund, describing it as fake news.
“Whether members of the National Assembly are sharing N700 million; like I said, just as we are trying to fight and contain Coronavirus; a lot of energy is also being expended in fighting fake news.
“To the best of my knowledge, I’m not aware that any such money has been given to members of the National Assembly; but I know that fake news is not abating.
“This morning, there was a message that went viral; to the effect that one of the Chinese doctors tested positive; and that news was supposed to have emanated from the Twitter handle of the federal government. I want to say, to the best of our knowledge here, there’s no such thing.
“I’ve also just received two hate dramas and other fake news while I was sitting here; which I’ve been unable to open.
“But we will continue always to debunk fake news and we’ll try our best give you information about the COVID-19; either through our daily press briefings or through the website of the NCDC and the task force”, he said.