Fenny Fwa Writes
Social media is creating a lot of problems not only in Nigeria, but also globally.
The social media is further compounding our fragile unity in the country with all kinds concocted stories. I’m visibly worried with fake stories being carried on the state of the health of the president. These are some of the annoying fake stories that undermine our existence as a nation.
On the sickness of the presidentOnline stories carried a fake story of Mr president being dead. It went further to show the photo of Mr president on life support. That Jangaba Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande didn’t travel to see the president and that Mr president is in a private hospital. The social media created doubts in the minds of Nigeria that Trump didn’t speak with our president. All these were proved to be false. Tinubu was livid with anger yesterday and said how could people carry such fictitious story. He said he was in London with Akande to see Mr president and not only did they chart, but that he even saw them off.
I mean simple rule of waiting to confirm from Tinubu whether he did travel or not couldn’t be observed. About Mr president being in private hospital, is it possible to hide this kind of fact, even foreign media could have since shown as the hospital. The CNN carried the story of the conversation of Mr PMB and Trump yet our social media disputed and even quoted a political strategist of Trump as disputing the story.
There was also this story bandied around that the former minister of petroleum Mrs Dedzani Allison Maduebuke refunded the sum of $90b. I had analyzed this fictitious story based what was available in her 5 year reign as oil minister was not even up to the ridiculous amount being quoted. I was shocked when very responsible people were carrying the story. How could that kind of story not reported by the FGN when the discovery of $9.3b from Andrew Yakubu, the Former NNPC boss was celebrated with fan fair.
This fictitious stories are also not restricted to our third world, Russia, one of the most powerful nations on earth is perfecting the earth of fictitious stories. It created all kinds of fictitious stories on Clinton to support Trump win the election. It is now doing similar thing in France by creating a fictitious news site making wild allegations against the candidate likely to win and not favourable disposed to them as they prefer the anti Europe candidate. This story saw the lead of the pro Europe candidate nosedived.
Based on these unbelievable fictitious stories being bandied around, folks we should be cautious in using these kinds of stories, especially taking in to consideration issues that affect as a nation which could lead to instability in our fragile nation.