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 84.
The screenshot of what appeared to be a tweet from the governor of Kaduna State and widely circulated on WhatsApp groups has triggered comments from many people.
Gathering 1,143 likes, 267 retweets with so many replies and comments, the tweet said Jafaru was appointed Emir of Zaria by the Governor two days after the death of his father Shehu Idris.
Investigation carried out by CDD revealed the claim that Mannir Jafaru has been appointed the new emir of Zaria is false. It was also observed that the handle on the screenshot is a clone for the verified Twitter page of the Kaduna State Government.
When contacted by CDD, the Special Adviser on Media and Communications to Kaduna State Governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, said the claim is untrue.
Adekeye said : “This is a fake tweet, the third day prayer for the late Emir was held today. The next step is in the hands of the kingmakers”.
CDD can confirm that as at the time of reporting, Mannir Jafaru has not been appointed as the Emir of Zaria as widely circulated.
The screenshot of the tweet widely circulating and claiming that Mannir Jafaru has been appointed the new emir of Zaria is false.
The prayer for the late Emir is being observed in Zaria and there is no official statement from the Kaduna State government or Zaria emirate on the appointment of a new Emir.
CDD urges the public to disregard the claim and avoid sharing the fake tweet. The Centre also encourages verification of every claim before dissemination.
You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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