Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday, March 23rd has described as ‘fake news’ a voice note which trends on social media from on Sunday through today that the Federal Government is planning to purchase an already used protective gear from China.
9jatoday understands that an audio record had gone viral on the social media with claims that President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration is planning to buy from China a used protective gear amid coronavirus virus outbreak from emanated from Wuhan.
Lai in his reaction to the voice note said that it is fake and was orchestrated by a charlatan and hence should be disregarded.
The minister also refuted the claims that the government is waiting for money from the World Health Organisation (WHO), so it can use it to fight the current pandemic.
This online news platform understands that the voice note which was received by our correspondent had claimed that Nigeria at the moment has no money left in its reserve to use in tackling the deadly virus which has continued to increase in its rage.
The voice note also hinted that Nigerian funds have all been squandered and that the figure of infected victims of the Coronavirus was understated.
Lai Mohammed has asked Nigerians to discard all claims in the audio record, saying, “This is a most irresponsible, inaccurate and definitely orchestrated job by a charlatan and should be disregarded by all Nigerians.”
“It is obvious that this hatchet job is aimed at distracting the hard-working health officials and misinforming Nigerians in order to create panic.”
“The Federal Government will not be distracted in its efforts to fight this disease and keep Nigerians safe.
“Therefore, we urge all Nigerians to disregard the senseless audio,” he said.
Another report went viral claimed that the Nigerian government had decided that it would pay N8,500 to each citizen to stay indoors for one month starting from March 30.
Lai also warned against the above, noting that it’s the handiwork of scammers and that Nigerians must be guided against such.
He, however, noted that the genuine and up-to-date information as regards Coronavirus can be obtained on the website of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).