Fake news: Aisha Buhari warns perpetrators of grave consequence

Aisha Buhari

First Lady Aisha Buhari on Sunday cautioned perpetrators of fake news on the dangers of spreading such, saying it could lead to ‘something else’ in the country.

Aisha gave the warning while fielding questions from journalists after at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on her return from the United Kingdom on Sunday morning.

She, therefore, called for urgent action against peddlers of fake news.

“Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect,” she said.

Aisha said fake news does no good to anyone and urged relevant stakeholders to make efforts to stem it.

“The genesis of this fake news started when my husband fell sick and perpetrators of this act were showing fake ambulance, hospital and dead body suggesting that my husband is dead.

“That time, I received so many calls from other first ladies and presidents of other countries to confirm; so I called the attention of NCC, NBC and the National Orientation Agency.

“Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect,’’ she said.

She expressed gratitude to God for her safe return from the UK, where she said she went on medical leave, on the advice of her doctor.

“It has been a tradition for us, for like 20 to 27 years now. If our children are on holiday, we used to spend the holiday with them.

“I never abandoned my children and last year, I went to Spain and spent two months with Zahra when she gave birth.

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“So, the same this year’s holiday in the UK, I fell sick; so, I stayed back to see a doctor and the doctor advised me to stay back to attend to my health.

“From the U.K, I travelled to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and returned to England on doctor’s advice and they also advised that I should slow down my activities.”

She expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for approving some Special Assistants to her office to assist her in achieving the mission of improving the lives and wellbeing of women and children in Nigeria.

 

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