New Allegiances, Familiar Faces A Preview of Edo’s 2020 Gubernatorial Election

As Edo State voters prepare to head to the polls for the 19 September gubernatorial election, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is closely monitoring the democratic process. CDD’s observation of the electoral process in Edo State, which is also informed by the guidelines of Nigeria’s electoral regulatory body, the Independent National Electoral Commission …

De-escalate Growing Tension Ahead of Edo Election – CDD Tells Politicians

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called on politicians in Nigeria to de-escalate the tension building up ahead of the September 19, 2020, Edo state governorship election. Highlighting some of the early warning signs which portend grave danger for the integrity of Nigeria’s electoral process and its outcomes, the CDD stressed that some …

Capacity Building for Islamic Clerics (Ulaamas) North-East Nigeria

Ulaamas have a crucial role to play in promoting Sulhu by utilizing existing peace governance structures in their communities to promote and build trust as well as foster social cohesion amongst people in the North East. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), in collaboration with local peace actors in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe …

FACT-CHECK NEWSLETTER ENDING AUGUST 16, 2020

As the world is coming to terms with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and people adapting to the new normal, misinformation surrounding the disease prevention and its treatment is now on the decline. However, a review of most of our fact-checks shows that we are back to other forms of disinformation. In the north, we countered …

FACT-CHECK: Has FG Dumped the National ID Card and Replaced it with Digital Identity?

VERDICT: Misleading CLAIM: On Thursday, August 13, 2020, multiple news sources published a claim that the Federal Government of Nigeria has dumped the use of the National Identity Card for Digital Identity.  One of the headlines read ‘’ FG dumps Plastic National Identity Card for Digital Identification’’ The claim published by various news organisations including Vanguard, the Sun, …

Shin Gwamnatin Tarayya Ta Maye Gurbin Katin Dan Kasa Da Wani Katin Na Daban?

Tantancewar CDD: Hakan Ba Gaskiya Bane!  Tushen Magana: A ranar Alhamis, 13 ga watan Agustan shekara ta 2020, kafafen yada labarai da yawa sun wallafa wani labari dake nuna cewa gwamnatin tarayya ta maye gurbin katin dan kasa da wani kati dake da alaka fasahar zamani.  Daya daga cikin majoyoyin ya gina jigon labarin sa …

WEST AFRICA SPEED NOTE ON ELECTIONS

MALI: THE INSTITUTION OF A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL COURT Following the recommendation of ECOWAS, a new Constitutional Court has been established to resolve the socio-political crisis that is shaking the country. The new composition of nine includes three members (Amadou Ousmane Touré, Asser Kamate, and Doucourou Kadidia Traoré) appointed by the Head of State, three members …

West Africa Speed Notes on Security

Recently in Burkina Faso, the government reported an attack on a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso by some unidentified gunmen during which about 20 people were killed. Similarly, about 25 people were also killed in an attack on another cattle market in the eastern village of Kompienga in May. These incessant killings raised ethnic …

FACT-CHECK: Is CBN Sending N85,000 COVID-19 Relief To Nigerians?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Sunday, August 9, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted text messages urging Nigerians to contact a mobile number to claim their COVID-19 relief fund. The messages claimed that the fund approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be sent to different categories of Nigerians (not …

FACT-CHECK NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 9, 2020

As the Centre for Democracy and Development continues to take steps to counter disinformation and misinformation, myths and misconceptions on Coronavirus have not withered. This past week, the false information countered by the CDD focused on claims of the use of an anti-malaria drug, Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and Zinc for the treatment of COVID-19. Some of …

FACT-CHECK: Has Former Emir Sanusi Been Appointed Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in-Charge of Africa?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Monday, August 10, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted several Facebook and WhatsApp posts claiming that the past Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has been appointed the Khalifa of Tijjaniyya in the African region.  The claim by several blogs and individuals followed the former Emir’s …

Engage in issue-based campaigns, not violent activities – CDD to politicians

Ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has urged political parties to engage in issue-based campaigns. The Centre also urged the political parties to shun activities which may potentially incite violence among members and opponents alike. In a communique released by the CDD on Friday, August …

Did Lagos Police Arrest Naira Marley?

VERDICT: True CLAIM: On Thursday, August 6, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on a newsblog claiming that officials of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos arrested singer, Azeez Fashola, popular know as Naira Marley. The report which has gone viral on the blog was with the headline: “BREAKING: Police Reportedly …

#RevolutionNow Protest: Clampdown on peaceful protesters wrong – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development condemns the attacks on, and arrests of protesters affiliated with the #RevolutionNow movement in three states of the country: Abuja, Lagos, and Osun by operatives of various Nigerian security agencies. Photographs, videos, and reports from the field corroborate that on 5th August 2020, unarmed protesters in Osun, Abuja, and …

Shin Hydroxychloroquine Yana Maganin Cutar Corona?

Tantancewar CDD: Babu Kwakwkwarar Hujja Da Ta Nuna Hakan! Tushen Magana: A ranar Litinin, 27 ga watan Yulin shelara ta 2020, wani faifan bidiyo ya yadu matuka gaya a kafafen sada zumunta a Najeriya, acikin bidiyon anga wata likita yar asalin Najeriya dake zaune a kasar Amurka. Bidiyon wanda tun farko wata kafar yada labarai …

FACT-CHECK: FDA Did Not Approve Hydroxychloroquine, Others for COVID-19 Treatment

VERDICT: False CLAIM A trending WhatsApp message claims that Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and Zinc Sulphate can be used in the treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  According to the message, a combination of the trio with a stipulated dose is the regimen approved by the US Food and Drug Administration agency for treatment of the viral disease. Part …

Kogi State: Post-Election Analysis of Disinformation

The Kogi state off-cycle elections were conducted on 16th November 2019. Twenty-four political parties participated in the election, but there were three frontrunners: Musa Wada of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Yahaya Bello of All People’s Congress (APC), and Natasha Akpoti of Social Democratic Party (SDP). Given the trend of disinformation in previous elections held in …

Transitional Justice Initiative in North-East Nigeria (A Training Manual)

Restoring peace and rebuilding the communities ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency must include a justice component. When legitimate grievances are not redressed timely, justly, and fairly, then impunity and injustice can become formidable obstacles to restoring peace and rebuilding communities. In fact, unaddressed grievances have been identified as one of the major push factors …

FACT-CHECK NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 1, 2020

This week, Nigeria’s death toll from the Coronavirus reached 888 with a total of 43,841 confirmed cases across the country. Despite the rising cases across the country, many Nigerians still do not believe the pandemic is real. False and misleading information and the communication gap between the people and the government has led to mistrust. …

NIGERIA THIS WEEK ENDING JULY 24, 2020

According to the Nigerian Electricity System Operator on July 16, 2020, nine of the country’s 27 power plants were idle, leaving a total generation capacity of 2,079.1 megawatts stranded. The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the peak generation ever attained …