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By: Ade Adeleke
As Muslims prepare for Ramadan, Nigerians have been urged to desist from spreading fake news and act of blackmailing to avoid the wrath of God and laws.
An Islamic Scholar in Ondo state, Sheikh Abdullateef Bature gave the advice at the 2019 Annual Pre-Ramadan Lecture organized by Radio Nigeria Positive FM, Akure, the State Capital.
Our Correspondent reports that the Akure Central Mosque was filled with Muslim faithful and scholars who came from all across the state and beyond.
Delivering the lecture with a theme,
“Rising Trend of Fake News: Islamic Panacea”, the Islamic Scholar, who is also the Chief Imam of Alif Central Mosque, Ikare-Akoko, quoted some Quranic verses and said fake news, and blackmail had been part of societal challenges for ages, however noted that Allah frowned at such.
Sheikh Abdullateef Bature who spoke in Yoruba Language, explained that spreading fake news and failure of political class to fulfil their electioneering promises to the masses could attract punishments from God.
The Islamic Scholar urged Nigerians to always investigate every information given to them both on social media and during interpersonal communication before sharing to avoid reactions that could truncate peaceful coexistence in the society.
In a remark, the chief imam of akureland Alhaji Abdulakeem Yayi-Akorede commended Radio Nigeria for uniting the country with verifiable news items and fight against fake news, adding that Muslims should patronise Positive fm for their sponsored Ramadan Programmes .
The Zonal Director ,FRCN Ibadan National Station, Alhaji Muhammed Bello ,who was represented by head of Audit in the zone ,Alhaji AbdulRasheed Akande gave the assurance that Radio Nigeria would always fight against spread of fake news.
The General Manager ,Positive FM, Mr Tunde Abiodun expressed the readiness of the station to broadcast all Ramadan programmes without any hitch.
The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Ahmad Alli from FUTA urged religious leaders to always preach to the people on the inherent dangers in spreading fake news and disinformation.
The Occasion chaired by Alhaji Ahmad Alli from FUTA, was also attended by Muslims leaders and faithful from across Ondo state including the Chief Imam of Akureland, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede, Olu of Itaoniyan in Akure, Prof Isiaq Amoo, Alhaji Isiaq Akinkunmi, Barrister Abdulrahman, Prof Smith, Dr Fausiat Aragbaye, Hajia Asiwaju Bello, Ondo state Secretary of NSCIA Ustaz Abdulazeez Surajudeen, Reps of Onibuji of Ibuji in Ifedore LGA, Alhaji Fortunate Adejumo, Engr Daud, Akure Muslim leaders among others.*