CSOs need to be more engaging – CDD Director Idayat Hassan

The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Idayat Hassan, has called on civil society organisations in Nigeria to do more and focus on engaging activities that would drive home their cause across Nigeria and the globe in general. Hassan made the call on Wednesday, July 29, during a webinar organised by the …

FACT CHECK: Did President Buhari Meet 5 Katsina LGA Chairmen Over Insecurity?

Verdict: False Claim: On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact-checkers spotted a picture of President Muhammadu Buhari sitting with six people in a room. The viral photograph shared on Facebook claims the President met with five Local Government Area chairmen of Jibia, Safana, Faskari, Danmusa and Sabuwa all in Katsina …

FACT CHECK: Does Hydroxychloroquine Cure COVID-19?

VERDICT: No Sufficient Evidence to Shows It Does Since Monday, July 27, a video of a United States of America-based physician, Stella Immanuel has continued to trend on almost all the online platforms. The video first published by media outlet, Breitbart News, featured a group of people wearing white laboratory coats calling themselves “America’s Frontline …

Raymond Abbas Da Akafi Sani Da Suna Hushpuppi Yana Cigaba da Zama a Gidan Yari a Kasar Amurka

Tushen Magana: A ranar Laraba, 22 ga watan Yulin shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labari na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) suka gano wani labari da akayita yadawa shafukan sada zumunta na zamani cewa ansaki Raymond Abbas da akafi sani da suna Hushpuppi daga gidan yari a kasar Amurka inda ake rike dashi …

FACT CHECK: FG Did Not Order Resumption of All Secondary Schools

VERDICT: Misleading CLAIM: On Monday, July 27, 2020, several blogs and online platforms published claims that the Federal Government had ordered all secondary school students to resume on August 4, 2020. The reports mostly with the headline: “BREAKING: FG orders secondary schools students to resume August 4’’, claimed that the Director of Press and Public Relations in …

FACT-CHECK NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 24, 2020.

Four months after the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the first case of Coronavirus in Lagos, Nigerian has recorded over 40,000 cases of the deadly virus disease. Cases of COVID-19 spans across the nation’s 36 states and the FCT even as countering falsehood about the virus is also not on a decline. The …

FACT CHECK: Raymond 'Hushpuppi' Abbas Not Released from US!

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a screenshot showing that Ramon Olorunwa Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi was released from the United States Federal Bureau of prisons. The screenshots which went viral on WhatsApp and social media platform suggested that Hushpuppi who is facing charges …

Shin Shugaba Buhari Ne Yafi Kowane Shugaban Kasa Yawan Mabiya a Shafin Twitter a Nahiyar Afrika?

Tantancewar CDD: Ba Gaskiya Bane Tushen Magana: A ranar Laraba, 22 ga watan Yulin shekara ta 2020, kanfanin dallancin labarai na kasa (News Agency of Nigeria-NAN) ya rawaito cewa Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari ne shugaban da yafi yawan mabiya a shafin Twitter a jerin shugabannin Afrika. Rahoton NAN din ya bada misali da binciken “Twiplmacy Study …

Elections, Democracy and COVID-19 in West Africa

Based on its analysis of elections conducted so far in West Africa during the current pandemic, the Centre for Democracy and Development outlines the following considerations to guide the conduct of elections under the pandemic: Tissued by national governments, public health authorities, and national task forces on the movement and safety of people should inform …

Call for Website Developer: Countering Disinformation and Misinformation Project

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is seeking applications from a website developer for the Centre’s Countering Disinformation and Misinformation project (Fake News website). The website developer will be involved in creating an internet-based platform to upscale the education and enlightenment of the general public on the need to fight the spread of disinformation …

FACT CHECK: Is Buhari the Most Followed African Leader on Twitter?

VERDICT: False CLAIM:  On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that President Muhammadu Buhari is the most followed African leader on twitter. NAN, in its report, quoted a report, Twiplomacy Study 2020, which was also used by several online media platforms including Vanguard News, PMNews online, Newswireng, Pulse Nigeria, All Africa. FACT:  …

FACT CHECK: Have Apple, Google Silently Installed COVID-19 Tracking App on Your Phone?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: Many users of smartphones across Nigeria have been raising concerns with the claim that Apple or Google has inserted a COVID-19 tracking sensor to their phone without permission. People are forwarding the message on WhatsApp and Facebook and Twitter, warning that an application (App) has been developed to monitor people. FACT: Google …

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: DEVELOPMENT OF RADIO DRAMA SERIES AND COMEDY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Strengthening Citizens’ Resistance Against the Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project Primary Audience Nigerians (rural and urban audience) Product Radio drama Series Script writer and a producer Comedy for social change Script writer and a producer Introduction The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy, and capacity building organisation established …

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: REDESIGNING OF UPRIGHT4NIGERIA WEBSITE

Strengthening Citizen’s Resistance Against the Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project Introduction The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy, and capacity building organisation established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and registered in Nigeria in 1999. The Centre was established to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratization, development …

FACT CHECK: No Money Belonging to Magu Was Found in Ikoyi Cemetery

VERDICT: False CLAIM: Since Monday, July 13 2020, several online blogs in Nigeria have consistently published an image claiming it is Ikoyi Cemetery where monies belonging to suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was discovered.   Some of the reports claimed the amount found was $150 million. FACT The …

NIGERIA THIS WEEK ENDING JULY 17, 2020

Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo state, eleven (11) governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have rejected the indirect mode of a primary election. They petitioned the party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC), rejecting the planned indirect mode of primary election slated on July 20. The aspirants said, having traversed the …

FACT CHECK: Did NCDC Say No State Reported New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours?

VERDICT: False and Misleading Headline CLAIM: On Saturday, July 18, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on NewsExtra claiming that no state in Nigeria reported new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 24 hours. The report published with the headline, COVID-19: No state reported new case in 24 hours …

FACT-CHECK NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 13 – JULY 19, 2020

In the past week, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has countered some disinformation spreading across various social media spaces. Some of the fact-checks showed that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaging the world has changed most of the activities in the Nigerian system. Below are the fact-checks produced by the CDD between July 13 …

FACT CHECK: Did the FG Agree to Pay Private School Teacher’s Salary owed During the Lockdown?

VERDICT: True On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, several online platforms reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria had agreed to pay salaries of private school teachers owed during the lockdown.  The report credited to a statement by the President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Yomi Otubela, who had said that only …