The President in a video message to the signing of the 2023 election Peace Accord by the presidential candidates, which was organized by the National Peace Committee on Thursday in Abuja warned that the spread of false information and fake news has continued to pose a serious threat to Nigeria’s democracy .
According to the President, false information and fake news have redirected attention away from issue-based campaigns and increased the likelihood of insults, incitements, and personal assaults.
He continued by saying that as a result, public conversation and discussion have lost much of their decency and decorum.
President Buhari reiterated his commitment to peaceful, credible, and transparent elections, saying that the work done over the years by the Peace Committee, which is chaired by former head of state General Abdulsalami Abubukar, is consistent with his belief that Nigeria needs peace to hold credible elections.
The President Buhari re-echoed the words of the Chairman of the Peace Committee, last week to the political actors, saying;
“The 2023 election is more than an election, it is an opportunity to serve Nigeria, to defend Nigeria and to uphold her unity and progress. Therefore, I call on all Nigerians, political parties, politicians, security agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria is placed first above regional and sectional claims.”
“I appeal to the contestants, especially their publicity agents and media advisers to shun personal attacks, avoid insults and incitement, reject the spread of fake news, and commit to issue-based campaigns and political rallies. Once again, let me emphasise that everything must be done to support the National Peace Committee in its work to ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria.“
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