It would appear that we are at war. We are at war with the Media. Nigeria is going through very turbulent times. While the age of new media is supposed to propel us to new greatness, Social media and irresponsible reporting is proving to be detrimental to our unity. It appears that on a daily basis, articles are being released, which are factually inaccurate and almost always completely fabricated. We already have enough to worry about without engineering stories.
Of recent, it was reported that a child died in Kebbi State during the Ramadan Food Bank Programme of the Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari. The story spread like wild fire on the internet and various social media platforms, claiming that a 5 day old baby was killed while the parent was scrambling for food items. Naij.com even went so far as to say that they had spoken to the wife of the Kebbi State Governor regarding this – which is untrue. Furthermore, it was also reported that the food distribution solely concentrated on the northern part of the country. Again this is completely false. The feeding project is Nationwide, spanning the length and breadth of the country and reaching communities which require aid the most, irrespective of geographical location.
What is disturbing is the fact that so called reputable Media Agencies, big media names that people know and trust are the very same ones concocting these vicious lies and fuelling an already raging fire within the country. We are already struggling to stay together as one nation. These fabricated stories through social media enrage people. Readers take these article as gospel. Before we know it people begin reposting, retweeting and commenting without having thought it through or done any research.
The worst part is that we like to take something is so genuine and sincere, something yhat has bags of potential and tarnish it. We spoil it with venom. This is how discord has been sewn into out society. We have divided our nation along tribal lines based on that which is false.
I beseech you all to take everything you read with a pinch of salt. Do your own research. Ask questions. Ask questions. Ask questions. And certainly do not believe absolutely everything you come across in the media because it is clear that they are not after our best interests at all. They are working towards a different goal – to divide our beautiful Nigeria.