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Peddlers of fake news should face the law – Cleric

District superintendent of Assemblies of God church Oyo state, Rev Amos Folarin, has advised the youths to shun all forms of violence in driving home their demand.

Rev Folarin made the call while speaking with Radio Nigeria on the prevalent insecurity occasioned by ENDSARS protest in the country.

The cleric who described as unfortunate, the preventable loss of lives during the protest and subsequent lootings, said it was high time they gave peace a chance.

“They should not go violent because it doesn’t pay anybody. It was a sad thing to lose many of them during the protest, and I want to say categorically that so far they have done the right thing, and people are listening to them, we are not ready to lose anyone of them again.

We all saw their movement of television, everything was going on well, until hoodlums hijacked them.” He said

Speaking on dangers of fake news, Rev Folarin noted that the media space had been dominated by unverified and inciting news items capable of causing national disunity calling on government and media establishment to ensure training and retraining of media professionals to promote professionalism in journalism

” it is disheartening that every profession now has fake people. There are fake pastors, doctors, nurses and journalists, but journalists should be realistic and be objective about the information they are giving to the public”.Folarin said.

The cleric however submitted that peddlers of fake news should be made to face the wrath of the law and as well advocated sanitization of journalism profession.

Reverend Folarin while emphasising the need for Christians to fervently pray for Nigeria encouraged Christians to participate fully in politics.

He added that beyond prayers and motivating other people in politics,Christians should get involved in politics from grassroots to gladiatorial levels.

Adedayo Adelowo

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