The Federal Government has said the full wrath of the law will be brought down on those peddling rumours that President was dead or gravely ill.
The government said this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
“The source/sources of the fabricated messages are already being investigated and the authors should prepare to face the consequences of their actions,’’ the minister said.
According to Mohammed, the President is hale and hearty and there is no iota of truth in the messages being circulated about the President’s health and the purported emergency meetings of state
governors in Abuja or anywhere.
The minister urged Nigerians to disregard the messages being circulated via text messages and the social media, saying the messages were orchestrated by those who felt threatened by the emerging order.
The minister said the scare mongering was because government had blocked all financial leaks, enthroned probity and transparency and derailed the gravy train of the looters of public treasury.
Mohammed said government would neither stifle press freedom nor abridge the citizens’ right to express themselves freely through constructive criticism or protests.
He, however, warned that “the security agencies will neither allow any resort to violence nor a willful subversion of the state for whatever reason’’.