COVID-19: No, Former President Obasanjo never sent N5,000 to all Nigerians

Verdict: FALSE

CLAIM: The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sighted a post by a blog claiming that the former President Olusegun Obasanjo has personally decided to send N5,000 directly to every Nigerians’ account using their BVN.

The post which has continued to gain traction online has over 50,000 views.

Published on, the post also cited sharp practices by some public officers holders in Nigeria while claiming that the former president knows how to manage a corrupt country.

FACT: Fact-checkers at the CDD, having reviewed the post, notes that the Bank Verification Number (BVN) is a private and confidential number. The Centre wish to state categorically that BVN is a private and confidential number.

Also, the BVN is never shared by the banks or even individuals to which the private numbers are assigned to making it impossible for someone, even a former president, to get the BVN of everybody in the country. 

Further investigation by CDD fact-checkers revealed that the story came from an online blog, with no source and no history.

The website name ( is a copy of the very real and legitimate website and is trying to leverage on the legitimacy of a real journalism site. 

Additionally, our researchers at CDD have found that this story is in line with many false stories about politicians allegedly giving out money. 

Many websites, in what appears to be a form of scam, have repeatedly called on the populace to provide their personal bank details and many more to enable them to pay them for money.


The only verified funds that will be disbursed are the relief funds meant for the most vulnerable Nigerians on the social register. This scheme is being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. 

The CDD urges the general public to disregard any claim or report from non-official sources for fund allocation.

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