The son of former president Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive to COVID-19 on March 20, Mohammed Atiku, on Thursday, urged Nigerians to be circumspect about spreading false news especially about COVID-19 victims, as this may further aggravate their health by further weakening their immune system.
Mohammed sent the word of caution in a video he made at the Gwagwalada University Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre where he has spent about 12 days. He talked about his COVID-19 status and experience and urged people to put aside political sentiments and work together to beat the COVID-19 pandemic before its effects become too much for the country to bear.
While thanking God that he is feeling good, he said, “One thing I like to speak to Nigerians about in my experience is that fake news is very bad. It compounds your problem if you are in a vulnerable situation. Perhaps being from a political family, I didn’t really feel that pain as much but for people who are more vulnerable, this thing could really affect their health; it could affect their immune system.
“Let me urge people out there to be very circumspect in how they treat information and let them be careful in spreading information that is false because false news aggravates the health condition of people. In my case, even people within the estate that I live were purveyors of fake news, quite unfortunate. I will like to urge all of us to come together and see how we can support one another because this is a challenge to our society. It is a challenge to our future and present, the quicker we come together and understand this is a problem that requires a collective effort, then, the sooner we overcome this.