Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while speaking during a town hall meeting in New York has urged Nigerians in Diaspora not to rely solely on social media reports concerning issues within the country.
According to the Vice President, social media “tends to be hysterical about practically everything”.
While answering questions related to insecurity within the country, he said “With respect to general kidnapping which we have seen in parts of the country, again, this is not entirely new.
“In fact, some of the kidnapping stories you read or listen to are simply not true anywhere, some are fuelled by politics.
“There are cases of kidnapping, no question at all about that, but some of the more dramatic stories that you hear are simply not true.
“Every report of kidnapping we receive, we try to verify, and at the end of the day you find out that people just tell all sorts of stories,” he said.
The vice president said the Federal Government was working with the states to check kidnapping where it was actually taking place, using technology to track the perpetrators.
He said the efforts were already yielding results with several arrests made by security agencies in affected areas.
Osinbajo said the government was capable of addressing the security challenges, assuring Nigerians that the news “will be a lot better very soon”.