How fake news nearly destroyed my marriage — Osinbajo


fake-news-osinbanjoVice President Yemi Osinbajo at a conference organised by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa on fake news made a shocking revelation of how fake news would have torn his marriage apart.

The one-day conference held at the Transcorp Hotels in Abuja on Wednesday marks the beginning of ‘BBC’s 50-day election conference plan.

At the conference, Mr Osinbajo gave the keynote speech on the negative effects of fake news and its impact on family life. He said it was reported recently that he clandestinely visited strippers.

The conference tagged, ”Beyond Fake News” had as panellists Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode; founder of Bella Naija, Uche Pedro; the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, represented by Festus Okoye and the director of BBC World Service Group, Jamie Angus.

The discussion was moderated by Adesuwa Onyenokwe, publisher, Today’s Woman Magazine.

The discussion focused on tackling and handling fake news in Nigeria.

Mr Osinbajo in his speech explained how fake news could cause marital crises.

”I took a picture with two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath the (published) story, the ‘ladies’ were not wearing much,” he said. ”I had in fact taken pictures with these two ladies at an entertainment event when they were ‘perfectly clothed’.

”But by the time the story was put out (published), it was as if I had taken photos with them when they were not clothed (near nude). The story turned out with a caption as if I took photos with them without much clothes,” he said.

He, however, did not elaborate on how he handled the situation.

”I think the capacity of fake news to cause great harm is not in doubt,” he added.