#EndSARS: Don't Take Decisions on "Fake News" –FG Tells UK Lawmakers

Following the United Kingdom lawmakers' debate demanding for sanctions of Nigerian government officials, the Federal Government has cautioned the lawmakers not to take decisions on "fake news."

The FG also declared that there is no reason to panic over the UK lawmakers demands for sanctions.

The UK lawmakers had on Monday debated over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria and demanded sanctions on government officials and security agents such as visa ban, freezing of assets, and stopping the funding and training for the Nigeria Police Force.

The debate was triggered by a petition initiated by Silas Ojo which had garnered over 220,000 signatures.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday spoke about the outcome of the debate during an interview with Nigerian Television Authority.

When asked about threats by the UK parliament to ensure sanctions, Mohammed said, “We  earlier stated that government all over the world who have taken hasty decisions about Nigeria on this issue should please seek the truth.

“If the decision of any government all over the world is based on fake news, it is very risky. It brings me to the issue of the UK parliament resolution. We are not panicking at all as a government for two reasons – the resolution of the UK parliament is not the decision of the country and no serious govt will take a decision such as imposing sanctions based on fake news.

“This is why we are warning foreign countries to seek the truth and beware of fake news. The entire #EndSARS protest was fuelled by fake news.”

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