FACT CHECK: Is Buhari the Most Followed African Leader on Twitter?



On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that President Muhammadu Buhari is the most followed African leader on twitter.

NAN, in its report, quoted a report, Twiplomacy Study 2020, which was also used by several online media platforms including Vanguard News, PMNews online, Newswireng, Pulse NigeriaAll Africa.


An investigation by fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows that President Buhari is not Africa’s most-followed leader on Twitter. 

A check on the microblogging site, Twitter which Twiplomacy used in its ratings show that the President of Egypt, Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) is the most followed African leader on the social media platform with 4,133,263 followers compared to @MBuhari who has 3,121,169 followers.

Also, in its report, Twiplomacy indicated that President Buhari is the most followed sub-Saharan African leader and not Africa’s most-followed president on Twitter. The Twiplomcy report quoted by NAN was specific about the details.

Part of the Twiplomacy report reads ‘’Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, is by far the most followed Sub-Saharan African leader with 3,121,169 followers ahead of Paul Kagame the president of Rwanda with 1,910,159 followers.’’

There are 46 of Africa’s 54 countries in “sub-Saharan”, which excludes Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Algeria, Djibouti and Tunisia.

Sub-Saharan Africa is geographically the area of the continent of Africa that lies south of the Sahara. 


The claim that President Buhari is the most followed leader in Africa on twitter is false. 

Egypt’s President @AlsisiOfficial is the most followed African leader on Twitter with 4,133,263 as at 10 AM July 23, 2020.

CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to always verify all information before disseminating them.

You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica.

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation 

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