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CLAIM: Steve Harvey in Nigeria to show support for Peter Obi

Source: Entertainment Weekly

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A viral post on Facebook states that well-known American entertainer, Steve Harvey, is in Nigeria to support Peter Obi in the forthcoming elections.  The post was shared from a blog stating

“The American actor who described Obi as someone he believes so much in is Nigeria alongside his family and will tour some selected tourist sites including castles where slaves were kept. This will expose him to Nigeria and African history and culture.”

The Facebook post has accumulated over 9,900 likes with over 2,500 comments and 706 shares as at the time of this report.

Verification: CDD fact-checkers revealed that the information is false. A Google reverse search showed that the picture used on the website and the Facebook page was originally shared by the actor and TV host on March 2022 on his official Instagram account tagging the location ‘Abu Dhabi’ and captioned the post “switched location to ABU DHABI”.

Source: CDD

However, CDD further checked his verified social media accounts to confirm if he made an announcement to support Peter Obi or if he was in Nigeria to campaign for the Labour Party’s presidential nominee but nothing indicated that.

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