Recently, the media went agog over a viral video of a Nigerian man carrying an AK-47, initially reported to be the Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi. Many Nigerians claimed that the Defense Ministry carried the AK-47 due to the high rate of insecurity in the country.
According to the Special Assistant to the Defence Minister on Media, Mohammad Abdulkadri in a statement, the person in the video was the Rector of the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST) Makurdi, who by virtue of his command position, is statutorily allowed in the military to sign for weapons when traveling and not the Minister of Defence.
We know that there is a rise in insecurity issues in Nigeria but it would be unprofessional for a Defense Minister to be going about with an AK-47. So we should always try to verify the information before spreading the news to make the media space more reliable and friendly.
Nigerians should be aware that misinformation can take on many different forms, and each can have a negative impact on public discourse by misleading and manipulating readers, whether intentionally or not.
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