The Resident Electoral CommissionerREC) in Kogi State, Professor James Apam, has attributed the prevalence of fake news and hate speech in the country to the political class and high rate of unemployment that is being faced. Professor Apam on Wednesday 25th September 2019 stated this in Lokoja, during a meeting on “securing the votes from fake news and violence.”
He explained that the political class had formed and created the habit of heaving out fake news in an attempt to outplay one another. He further stated that politicians have been making use of the unemployment situation in the country to engage jobless youths to write and push out fake news and hate speech through social media platforms. Expressed worries over the increasing rate of fake news that is in circulation in the country of present, the REC noted that it had been eroding the credibility of elections conducted in recent times.
Furthermore, the REC is pleading with Nigerians to stop accepting election results announced on social media as the authentic result stressing that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was the only body constitutionally recognised to conduct and announce election results. Finally, he expressed displeasure and disapproval over the inability of some political parties and their candidates to come up with clear-cut manifestoes to guide voters on how to make their choice stressing that this will put a strain on any false news or hate speech and it will promote unity amongst all parties.