Fake news about me hanging out with strippers almost crashed my marriage – VP Osinbajo
After photos of VP, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo with strippers poped up on social media and news went viral on how the VP was meddling with the ‘daughters of the night’.
But it turned out to be fake news and the Vice President has said that almost cost him as marriage as his wife questioned him on what he was doing with the strippers.
Osinbajo said this while lamenting the negative effect of fake news at a BBC symposium on fake news tagged: ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News.’
At the event that was held in Abuja on Wednesday, Osinbajo said he was recently reported to have visited strippers.
The Vice President said,
“I have been one of the targets of fake news. It can also sometimes cause you marital peace. I got a call from my wife about three or four weeks ago and she said Yemi what are you doing with strippers and I said what do you mean by strippers? So, I read a story in a famous blog that said, ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’.
“And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much.
“In fact-checking the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.
“As it turns out, I wasn’t in the picture of where they were not wearing clothes but just the caption, the stories and all that gave the impression that here I was in the company of these ladies at a point when they were doing their business. I think the capacity of fake news to cause great harm is not in doubt at all.”