The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as ‘absolute fake news’ reports in the social media, that the abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, has died in captivity.
“It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that,” the minister said at a press briefing, in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday.
He said the rumour of Miss Sharibu’s death, which surfaced just a few days to the presidential election, is another ploy by the political opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.
“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President. I think everyday they are realising the hopelessness of their position.
“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country, and they have decided that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listening to them,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
Speaking on today’s presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, he said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has put everything in place to ensure the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari is a huge success.
“The party has been meeting in the last couple of days to ensure that the president’s visit is very successful. We have watched the rallies in many parts of the country and we want to assure Mr. President that our rally, in terms of numbers, quality of people, entertainment and colour will rank among the best,” the minister said.
He said the crowd that would come out to receive the president will be organic, as the party does not engage in renting crowds.
Alhaji Mohammed appealed to security agencies to create a level playing field for all the contestants in the election, to allow the people to freely exercise their franchise, saying those involved in legitimate activities have nothing to fear.