Lamenting the situation, Osinbajo, while speaking at a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) symposium on fake news tagged, “Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News,” on Wednesday in Abuja, said a blog posted a picture depicting him posing with strippers.
The Vice-President, who observed that fake news is as old as communication must, said it must be effectively tackled as it could cause violence and destroy lives.
Osinbajo recounts the experience: “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.’
“And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much.
“In fact-checking (I noticed that) the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.
“As it turns out, I wasn’t in the picture of where they were not wearing clothes but just the caption, the stories and all that gave the impression that here I was in the company of these ladies at a point when they were doing their business. I think the capacity of fake news to cause great harm is not in doubt at all.”