The Federal Government has committed N104,532,705 to its campaign against false news, hate speech, and banditry.
This was included in the 2022 appropriation budget, which was acquired from the Nigerian budget office’s website.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has previously said that the nation has been perpetually at battle with perpetrators of false news and hate speech.
The minister also said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that Nigeria had progressed from “ordinary” to “deep” false news, which he claimed was being used to wage war against the government and its personnel.
He also said that initially, providers of deep false news were mainly obscure internet sites, but it was sad that otherwise respectable organisations and some mainstream media joined the bandwagon, adding that anyone found responsible will face sanctions.
Recently, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, a body under the ministry of information and culture, issued a directive to all television stations in the nation advising them to refrain from glorifying bandit acts.
According to our correspondent’s analysis of the budget, N55,642,215 will be spent on “Special enlightenment campaign on government programmes and policies, testimonial series to assess the effect of government policies on the populace.”
“Advocacy against false news, hate speech, conflicts between farmers and herders, banditry, and rape, among other things.”
Additionally, the budget indicated that N48,890,490 would be spent for “quarterly contact with international media and public relations lobby.”