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By Christian ABURIME


Throughout history, the power of information has been recognized as a crucial tool in shaping societal stability.



Information can either unite people or divide them, depending on how it is disseminated and interpreted.


However, the advent of digital technology has brought with it a new kind of information warfare, with the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and misinformation posing significant dangers to both government and societal stability.


Fake news, propaganda, and misinformation can be defined as deliberately false or misleading information that is spread through various media channels, with the intention of influencing public opinion or behaviour.


This kind of information can come in many forms, through facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram including tweets, videos and blog posts. The rise of these types of information is due to the ease with which anyone can create and distribute content online.


One of the most significant dangers of fake news and misinformation is the potential for them to undermine the credibility of government institutions and elected officials.


This can lead to a breakdown in trust between citizens and their government, which is vital for maintaining a stable and functioning democracy. If people no longer believe that their government is acting in their best interests, they may be less likely to comply with laws and regulations, leading to societal chaos.


Fake news, propaganda and misinformation can also fuel polarization and conflict within society. This is currently manifesting in this age of social media, where people can easily sit in the comfort of their homes to create and share content that confirms their preexisting biases and beliefs. This creates an echo chamber where people are exposed only to information that supports their worldview, be it political, ethnic or religious, leading to a lack of empathy and understanding for those with different perspectives.


Such is the manner of proliferation of politically motivated fake news and misinformation spiralling out of control in Anambra State these days that calls for concern. The trend, if not checked, is dangerous, alarming and can scuttle the appreciable progress being made under the current state government led by our indefatigable governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR


For instance, the latest fabricated bout of fake news and misinformation being spewed out from the factory of mischief makers is that Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s government has removed the respected Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, CFR, as the Chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council. This news is not true but totally fake too! The government via its press statement yesterday clearly stated what transpired during the meeting between Governor Soludo with the traditional rulers. Nothing of such was discussed and neither was it pronounced by anybody.


It is therefore pertinent that those who derive joy in mischievously spreading fake news of this dangerous nature without considering the consequences of their action should immediately desist from it or face the wrath of the law for their mindless transgressions.


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