Following an audio recording that has been circulated on social media insinuating that Nigeria was planning to buy used protective gear from China has been declared untrue by the Federal Government.
At a news conference in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known, he also debunked the claim on the same platform that Nigeria was waiting for money from the World Health Organization (WHO), before taking drastic measures.
The commissioner stated that claims that the country had no funds to tackle the disease because its foreign reserves had been exhausted, funds had been stolen, and that the figure of those infected by Corona virus was understated, are all incorrect.
“This is a most irresponsible, inaccurate and definitely orchestrated job by a charlatan and should be disregarded by all Nigerians. It is obvious that this hatchet job is aimed at distracting the hard working health officials and misinforming Nigerians in order to create panic. The Federal Government will not be distracted in its efforts to fight this disease and keep Nigerians safe. Therefore, we urge all Nigerians to disregard the senseless audio,” he said.
Mohammed also stated that the news being circulated on social media that government planned to pay N8,500 to each citizen to stay at home for one month starting from March 30 is also a fake news.
He encouraged citizens seeking genuine and up-to-date information on Corona virus to log on to the website of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).