By Adaku Onoja
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has decried negative impact of fake news, adding that it recently put him in some trouble with his wife.
Osinbajo stated this at a symposium organized by BBC on fake news tagged, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’, in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said a blog put up a picture depicting him posing with strippers.
The Vice-President said with closer inspection of the picture, he discovered that he had indeed taken a picture with the women at an entertainment event but they were fully clothed.
Osinbajo noted that the blogger selected a picture of where the women were not fully clothed and presented it to the public wrongly.
According to him , “I have been one of the targets of fake news. It can also sometimes cause you marital peace. I got a call from my wife about three or four weeks ago and she said Yemi what are you doing with strippers and I said what do you mean by strippers? So, I read a story in a famous blog that said, ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’.
The Vice-President added that fake news is as old as communication noting that there was a need to effectively tackle it as it could cause violence and destroy lives.