Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has debunked stories in the social media alleging a top level conspiracy that stage-managed the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls on 19 February and also declaring a certain Sergeant David Bako allegedly spreading the rumours as unknown to the army.
Mohammed spoke in Lagos today in response alleged news in social media since the abduction and return of scores of Dapchi schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents that the abduction as planned.
“I can tell you categorically that this David Bako is fake. There is no such soldier in the Nigerian Army. There was no conspiracy anywhere. The intention of those behind the disinformation and fake news is to cause disaffection between Christians and Muslims, and between Southerners and Northerners,” Mohammed said.
“This Administration’s success in seeking an early release of the Dapchi girls has ruffled many feathers. It has upturned a lot of plans by naysayers. They have not been able to sleep since the girls came back. Their campaign to unseat President Buhari is fuelling their desperation. Nigerians should prepare to see more avalanche of disinformation and fake news. But they should not lend any credibility to such reports. They belong to the trash can!”
The minister restated that the schoolgirls were freed as a result of intense backchannel engagement with Boko Haram.
“This was done in concert with a friendly country, international organization and trusted facilitators, he said.