Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Saturday warned against the spread of fake news and hate speeches ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Tambuwal in a message at the inauguration of the State Executive Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said hate speech and fake news were becoming very divisive forces in the society.
The governor noted that the increase in hate speech was becoming alarming hence a threat to Nigeria’s democracy. NAN reports.
“This has since become a threat in our Democratic system, as such, we should always discourage the spread of all news that will distract our peace and unity in the country.
“Getting closer to the 2019 general election, journalist have to adhere by the code of conduct and the ethics of the profession,” he added
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Bello Goronyo.
Tambuwal pledged more support to journalists in the state, to enable them discharge their responsibilities more professionally.