Nigeria@60: In Unity, We Can Overcome Challenges of Nation Building

PRESS STATEMENT October 1, 2020 As Nigeria marks 60 years of independence today, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) congratulates fellow citizens on this milestone. Despite the myriad of challenges, which have hobbled the realisation of Nigeria’s very lofty potential, the CDD, has a message of hope. The Nigeria of our dreams is possible, …

Climate Change: Recognising the Impacts on West Africa

The United States, one of the major culprits with regards to carbon emissions, had been ill-disposed to climate action even before it pulledout of the Paris Agreement – a global framework to limit global warming to below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C – in 2019. The current US administration gets a …

Iska Bata Lalata Sabuwar Kwalta a Jahar Abia Ba a Ranar Talata, 8 ga Satunba, 2020

Tushen Magana: A ranar Talata, 8 ga watan Satunban shekara ta 2020 wani adireshi mai lakabi da @Gen_Buhar a dandalin Twitter ya wallafa labarin cewa wata iska ta lalata wata sabuwar hanya da aka kammala ta a jahar Abia dake kudancin Najeriya. Kawo lokacin hada wannan tantancewa wannan labari mutane kimanin 225 ne sukace lamarin …

FACT CHECK: President Buhari Never Asked Dauda Rarara To Raise Money To Sing For Him

VERDICT: False! CLAIM: On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a one-minute 59 seconds video audio clip claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Northern singer, Dauda Rarara, to raise money from Nigerians to produce a song for him. In the widely circulated audio recorded in Hausa, …

Hukumar Fasakwafri ta Kasa Bata Bada Sanarwar Barazanar Tsaro a Babban Birnin Tarayya Abuja Ba.

Tushen Magana: A ranar Asabat, 5 ga watan Satumban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wata wasika da ake yadawa a dandalin WhatsApp inda kayi ikirarin cewa hukumar fasakwafri ta kasa wato Nigeria Customs Service a turance ta wallafa wani sako dake bayyana barazanar tsaro …

FACT-CHECK: Customs Did Not Issue Security Alert For FCT

VERDICT: False CLAIM On Saturday, September 5, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a letter shared widely on WhatsApp stating that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had issued a security alert to residents of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory and its environs. The statement which was shared in a PDF format …

Shin Dauda Kahutu Rarara Ya Nemi Gudummawar N1,000 Daga Yan Najeriya Dan Yiwa Shugaba Buhari Waka?

Tantancewar CDD: Gaskiya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar Alhamis, 10 ga watan Satunban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) suka gano wani labarai ake yayatawa musamman a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani. Labarin wanda majiyoyi da shafuka dama daidaikun mutane suka wallafa shi ya bayyana cewa, Dauda …

FACT-CHECK: Has Mannir Jafaru Been Appointed Emir of Zaria?

VERDICT: False! CLAIM: Social media had gone frenzy over reports of the appointment of Mannir Jafaru as the new emir of Zaria by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. The claim spotted by fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) said Jafaru appointment followed the death of his father at the age of …

CDD, Others Call on Politicians, Clerics to Join in Combating Fake News

The Centre for Democracy and Development on Tuesday, September 15, has urged politicians, religious leaders, and social media influencers to join hands curbing the spread of disinformation and misinformation in the ecosystem. Speaking at a webinar themed; “Addressing Mis and Disinformation in Northern Nigeria”, the moderator of the event, Hamza Ibrahim, said it is important …

Information Influence: Disinformation During Edo's 2020 Gubernatorial Election

Located at the centre of southern Nigeria, in the south-south geopolitical zone, Edo state was created in 1991 but it was not until 1999 that its first democratically elected leader – Chief Lucky Igbinedion of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – was elected to power. PDP ruled the state for nine years before a court …

Dissecting Disinformation in Nigeria: An Overview of CDD's Work So Far

With many of the world’s populations in lockdown, or living with restrictedfreedom of movement, it is a good time to reflect on the present, evaluate the past, and look towards the future. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is taking time to reflect on its journey in fighting disinformation by looking at some of …

FACT-CHECK: No, Governor Obaseki's commissioner Not Sentenced to 10-Years Jail

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On September 10, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp message claiming that Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s former Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Diaspora has been sentenced to 10-years imprisonment. The post with the headline: BREAKING MEWS: “Osaze Osemwegie-Ero (Governor Obaseki’s commissioner for Art, Culture, …

Edo Governorship Election, Our Verdict

The September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State has held out, beyond expectations, encouraging prospects for the future of competitive party and electoral politics in Nigeria. Its generally peaceful conduct was a refreshing development. It points the way away from the “degeneration” that has historically been the country’s sad experience with electoral outcomes, and …

Ba’a Yankewa Kwamishina a Jahar Edo Hukuncin Daurin Shekaru Goma a Gidan Yari Ba!

Tushen Magana: A ranar Laraba, 10 ga watan Satunban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sukaci karo da wani sako da ake yadawa a manhajar WhatsApp cewa Osaze Osemwegie-Ero wanda kwamishinan al’adu da bude ido da kuma harkokin ketare a jahar Edo an yanke masa hukuncin daurin …

Edo Election Another Litmus Test of Nigeria’s Commitment to Organising Credible Polls – CDD

KEY POINTS Parties Claims and Counter Claims of Victory: A Recipe For Violence; US, UK Visa Bans, Other Sanctions, Very Laudable Deliver Your Polling Unit Directive – A Likely Cause of Partisan Clashes  Fake News, Misinformation and Disinformation May Induce Voter Apathy Voters Should Observe COVID 19 Protocol to Prevent Rise of COVID Cases INEC …

Preliminary Statement on the Conduct of the September 19, 2020 Governorship Election in Edo State

Earlier today, voters across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Edo State headed to the polls to elect a Governor. The CDD Election Analysis Centre (EAC) has been receiving reports from our trained group of nonpartisan observers accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This preliminary statement provides an overview of our initial …

POLL PREVIEW: EDO STATE'S 2020 GUBERNATORIAL RACE

The Edo governorship election scheduled to hold on 19 September 2020, is one of seven off-season elections across Nigeria’s 36states. Edo is strategic for national politics. Prior to June 2020, when Edo’s incumbent defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), it was the only state in the South-South geopolitical …

FORUMS OF DEBATE?WHATSAPP AND THE GAMBIA'S POLITICAL TRANSITION

In The Gambia, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are directly, and indirectly, shaping politics. Even though smartphone accessremains limited to a small percentage of citizens, these are often disproportionately influential individuals. Furthermore, information that is shared online regularly shapes offline debates and discussions on radio talk shows for example, meaning that its penetration, though hard to …

Shin Tsohon Shugaban Jam’iyyar APC Adams Oshiomhole Ya Zabi PDP a Zaben Gwamnan Edo?

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: Angano wani hoto da ake yadawa a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani dake ikirarin cewa tsohon shugaban jam’iyyar APC na kasa, Adams Oshiomhole ya kada kuri’arsa ga jam’iyyar PDP a zaben gwamnan jahar Edo. Wani shafin Twitter mai suna  PDP Vanguard (@pdpvanguard) ya wallafa wata  magana kamar haka: “Tof …