On Wednesday 14 October, 2020, the social media, especially micro-blogging site, Twitter, was filled with a claim that Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, had described the #EndSARS protest by Nigerian youths as police brutality and call for reform as a child’s play.
According to the 2 minutes 2seconds video being circulated online, Adesina, while speaking on a Channels Television interview said the protest by his estimation seems like a child’s play because protests by their very nature are spontaneous but this is “just a sprinkle of people trying to be funny”.
Checks by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) show that the video currently being circulated online is not a new one and has nothing to do with the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
CDD’s checks also revealed that the interview on Channels Television is from the presidential spokesperson’s reaction on the #RevolutionNow protest which took place in major cities across Nigeria in August 2020.
Also, Adesina’s interview with Channels Television took place on August 6, 2020, during the heat of the #RevolutionNow protest.
Our checks also show that the video was edited to appear like the Presidential Spokesperson had appeared on the Channels Television Sunrise Daily on October 14, 2020.
The video claiming that Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, described the #EndSARS protest as “child’s play” is false.
The video, from Adesina’s reaction on the #RevolutionNow protest on August 6, 2020, was doctored to look like it his reaction on the #EndSARS protest.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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