Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said some of the allegations of kidnapping in the country in recent times have been proven to be erroneous and dramatic.
The vice president said this during a town hall meeting with Nigerians in New York, the United States of America, on Sunday.
Responding to questions from the Nigerian community on the reports of violence and kidnapping in the country, Osinbajo said the situation was not particularly a novel phenomenon.
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He noted that while some of the genuine cases are intensified due to politics, others are a case of people “tell all sorts of stories” to gain attention.
Osinbajo said: “With respect to general kidnappings 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 kidnappings, 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.”
The vice president also claimed that the social media “tends to be hysterical about practically everything” said or that occurred.
He assured the Nigerians in the diaspora that the Federal Government was making concrete efforts to address the menace.
According to him, the presidency’s collaboration with the state government on the issue has already yielded results, adding that that the news “will be a lot better very soon.”
The vice president is currently on a four-day visit in the United States.