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CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 25, 2021

By Fact Check, Uncategorized
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With our weekly newsletter, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) aims to inform the public about the work we do and build their capacity in countering disinformation which has become a grave concern to well-meaning citizens. For this past week, this newsletter showcases claims and narratives fact-checked by the Centre which include; the claim that Nigeria’s currency is now the weakest in Africa, eight people were arrested in Kano state for not observing the Ramadan fast, the EFCC arrested the Zamfara State Governor and viral image of NBA protest banner reading ‘Autotomy’.

On April 21, 2020, fact-checkers CDD spotted a trending report with the headline, Nigerian Naira fast becoming the weakest currency in Africa.

The claim which was widely shared on social media including WhatsApp groups gave a breakdown of the value of the Naira to currencies of 25 other African countries. It claimed the Nigerian naira is weaker than these other currencies including the Angolan Kwanza, Madagascar’s Ariary and the Sudanese Pound.

According to the report, the Angolan 1Kwanza is equal to ₦12, Madagascar’s  1Ariary is equal to ₦14 and the Sudanese 1Pound is  ₦42. These and 22 other countries’ currencies were compared to the Naira.

Checks by CDD fact-checkers showed that the claim made in the piece which has been widely shared is misleading.

Our fact-checkers reviewed currency values of the country compared in the claim with that of Nigeria and the review showed that the Kwanza is currently at 1 to N0.58 as opposed to ₦12;  the Ariary is 1 to 0.10 Naira as opposed to ₦14 and the Sudanese Pound is 1 to 1 Naira as opposed to ₦42 stated in the report.

Read the full fact-check here

Did EFCC Arrest Zamfara State Governor?

On Wednesday 21, April 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim published by an online newspaper, GoldennewsNg, that the governor of Zamfara State has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The claim reads “Just in: EFCC Arrest Governor of Zamfara State-see reason”

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An investigation carried out by CDD on the report shows that the claim is misleading as the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has not been arrested by the EFCC.

Read the full fact-check here

Viral Image of NBA Protest Banner Reading ‘Autotomy’ Was Photoshopped

An image circulating on Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook shows that the Nigerian Bar Association misspelled the word ‘Autonomy’ as ‘Autotomy’ on a banner used for a protest by the Association’s, Abuja Chapter.

The banner carried by some members of the NBA during the protest where they made their support for judicial autonomy had the word “Autotomy” circled in red.

Findings by CDD show the image was photoshopped. A reverse image search done on the said image showed that it has not been used anywhere else online.

The CDD contacted the Chairperson of the Abuja Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, Hauwa Shekarau who described the “Autotomy” banner as doctored.

Shekarau also said that the banner was being shared by mischief-makers

Read the full fact-check here

Has Kano Police Banned Ramadan Traditional Street Drama (Tashe)?

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, reports that the Kano State Police has banned the annual traditional street drama popularly known as Tashe swamped the internet.

The report published by several organisations including Rahma TV said some bad eggs with the state are using the opportunity to commit heinous crimes.  

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The news that Kano State Police Command has banned this year’s traditional street drama popularly known as “Tashe” in Hausa is true. The command’s public relations officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the ban has not affected the traditional street drama performed by children.

The yearly traditional street drama popularly called “Tashe” in Hausa is performed when by children and other individuals to entertain the public.

Read the full fact-check here

Were 8 People Arrested By Kano Hisbah For Eating During Ramadan?

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, a story published by several online newspapers said that the Kano Hisbah Board had arrested eight people for not fasting during the 2021 Ramadan.

An investigation conducted by CDD shows that the report that eight people were arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board is true.

Commander General of Kano Hisbah, Sheikh Muhammad Harun Ibnsina also confirmed the arrest. He said that those arrested found eating during the Ramadan period without any form of medical excuse.

Read the full fact-check

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CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 14, 2021

By Fact Check

The second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the mutation of the virus into various variants, and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination by several countries in Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa,  Ghana, and Ivory Coast has led to the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories around the vaccines.

According to medical experts, vaccination is the single most efficient way to reduce deaths and severe illness from COVID-19. For the world to fully beat the pandemic, all hands must be on the deck to fight misinformation arising from them.

On the other hand, the spread of disinformation, conspiracy theories and fake news surrounding vaccines is the single most effective way to keep the pandemic going.

In the last one week, online conversations have been dominated by vaccine production, its acceptance by the public and the administration. While one cannot deny that vaccines have side effects – all vaccines and medicines have some side effects – these side effects need to be constantly balanced against the expected benefits in preventing illness.

With the social media space flooded with various claims on the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) have continued to call for verification of all information before sharing.

The Facts

FGN Did Not Buy WhatsApp Messaging App for 3BN

 On March 10, 2021, the CDD spotted a post on Facebook claiming that messaging Application, WhatsApp, has been bought by the Nigerian Government.

The Facebook user claimed said the application was bought by the Federal Government of Nigeria at the sum of three billion (no currency was indicated).

Also, the post claimed that all users of WhatsApp should endeavour to leave the app immediately to another one (signal App) as they would now be monitored by the Nigerian government.

The claim read in part: “You will be tracked! Leave WhatsApp now! Go to Signal app now!” reads an excerpt from the post. Signal is an end-to-end encrypted instant messaging app.”

Checks by CDD show that contrary to the claim, the Nigerian Government has not acquired WhatsApp messaging app.

An investigation by CDD also shows that the post made on Facebook by a handler, “Best of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu” has been marked by the social media company as fake news.

Facebook in a reaction to the post said that the information made by the handler has been checked by independent fact-checkers and confirmed to be false.

A further check showed that the social media company in a response to AFP described the information as false.

Read the full fact-check here

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, fact-checkers at the CDD spotted a WhatsApp audio recording claiming that Sheikh Sharif Saleh made comments on the recent Sheikh Abduljabbar’s preaching suspension saga.

In the recording – done in Hausa – a commentator (claiming to be the voice of Sheikh Saleh) expressed disappointment on the decision to suspend the cleric from conducting preaching activities in Kano State.

He said information available to him indicates that Sheikh Kabara’s worship centre has been sealed off by the Kano State Government.

He said the sealing of the worship centre is a gang up against Sunni clerics, Darika and other sects.

The commentator continued: “The method used by the clerics sounds funny and embarrassing and any responsible person that knows about the matter will understand that he was treated unfairly because his statements were shortened and edited”

An investigation conducted by CDD on the viral audio clip established showed that as of March 11, 2021, Sheikh Shariff Saleh, has not reacted to the suspension of Sheikh Kabara as claimed in the WhatsApp audio.

Checks by the CDD also revealed that the voice in the audio circulated on WhatsApp is not Sheikh Saleh’s.

When contacted on the matter, Sheikh Saleh’s so, Engr. Almuntasir Ibrahim Saleh Al-Hussain told the CDD fact-checker that the claim in the audio is false.

Al-Husain said his father never said anything on the suspension of Sheikh Kabara.

“Well, I listened to the said audio clip that was trending on WhatsApp, and I can categorically confirm to you that neither the voice nor the content is Sheikh’s and even the message does not reflect Maulana’s opinion on this matter in any way,” Al-Hussain said.

Read the full fact-check here

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Meghan, Harry’s racism claims spark backlash in Commonwealth nations

Calls in former colonies to drop Queen as head of state after Harry and Meghan interview

Women and fostering an equal future in a COVID-19 world

IWD: CDD urges Nigerian govt to address gender inequality

International Women’s Day: CDD hails women, demand inclusion in policy decisions

IWD2021: CDD calls for policies to improve women participation in politics

Gender parity, equity resonate as women reject discrimination 

CDD ACTIVITIES

CDD commences implementation of Sulhu Alheri Ne Committee Community Dialogue on Peace

First Stop:  Bulabulin Ngarannam community, here local community members are given the ownership to drive their community activities.

FACT-CHECK: Image of Cows Eating Tomatoes From Nigeria?

By Fact Check

VERDICT: FALSE

CLAIM: On March 2, 2021, a Facebook user Amanda Chisom shared a picture of cattle eating a heap of tomatoes by a roadside.

The post created the impression that it was from Northern Nigeria as a result of the ongoing food blockade from the north to the south in Nigeria.  Several social media users have also shared the image to create the impression that the event happened in Nigeria, an aftermath of the food blockade by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN).

Shared on Twitter by Spartan – El Pluribus Unum! (@Osegun_MG), the image was also posted by Reno Omokri, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and on Nairaland.

FACT:

The image showing cattle eating tomatoes heaped by the roadside is not from Nigeria but India. It was first shared online by the fake page Funny India on July 30, 2017.

On January 9, 2021, a Twitter page @Rukhsar428 shared the image alongside another image of a cow in a tweet, stating that his government’s policies have become hostile to the nation’s economy.

In January this year, the image was used by several Twitter users as part of a social media campaign in India calling for the ban on the importation of tomatoes into the country using the hashtag #StopImportTomatoAndOnion.

CONCLUSION

The image of cows eating from a heap of tomatoes by the roadside is not from Nigeria but India and was first used in India on July 30, 2017, by a fake page Funny.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Bill Gates Did Not Say “Next Pandemic Is Coming After COVID-19”

By Fact Check

VERDICT: Misleading Headline

CLAIM: On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a headline on MSNBC’s YouTube channel, which trendedon several WhatsApp groups, claiming that Bill Gates had warned that a “Next Pandemic” is coming after COVID-19. 

FACT:

Investigations by CDD fact-checkers show that Bill Gates did not state that the “Next Pandemic” is coming but urged the world to be ready as there would be another pandemic.

 He said in response to a question on the key steps to take concerning the pandemic:

“We have to do two things at once, We have to bring this epidemic to an end primarily by getting the vaccine out in large numbers to the entire world and we have to make sure we are ready because there will be another pandemic,” Mr. Gates said in the interview.

However, MSNBC’s headline suggests that Mr. Gates had warned that there would be another pandemic immediately after COVID-19.

While it is a known fact that there would always be a pandemic, it is not a known fact that another pandemic would occur after COVID-19. Most importantly, Bill Gates did not in his statement say so too.

Mr. Gates is among the leading few advocating for global vaccination against Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. His call for vaccination has lead to a backlash from several quarters including religious leaders across the globe. He  has been a subject of several conspiracy theories, including the aim to depopulate the world

CONCLUSION

The MSNBC headline report that Bill Gates had warned that a “Next Pandemic is coming after COVID-19″ is misleading.

The CDD urges the media on accurate reporting, avoiding sensational headline and members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on

Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Is Newly Introduced WhatsApp Status A Bait?

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On January 31, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending voice note warning all WhatsApp users against clicking on the newly introduced status.

The voice note said: “an Arab guy” is behind the new WhatApps status update and any attempt to click on it would grand the “guy” access to all your photos.

It also said that all content accessed on the affected device (especially nudes) will be displayed to the public.

Also, the voice note advised listeners to forward the message to as many people as possible.

FACT:

Checks by CDD show that the voice note circulated on WhatsApp is false.

Investigations by CDD fact-checkers revealed that WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption, preventing it from seeing or hearing the content, and delaying the implementation of the policy.

Further checks revealed that a WhatsApp spokesperson highlighted that there has been lots of disinformation and confusion around the recent update.

The company said it would want to help everyone understand the facts behind how WhatsApp protects people’s privacy and security as they plan to provide updates to people in the Status tab so people hear from WhatsApp directly.

CONCLUSION

CDD can confirm that the message about WhatsApp status introduced should not be clicked on is false.

The message which has confusion around the recent update WhatsApp is not true.

CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Beware!! Fake Link To FG/CBN Grant In Circulation

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the Federal Government in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would disburse grants to 500,000 Nigerian youths.

The broadcast also claimed that the grant has been earmarked for the youth through the Nigerian Youth Investment Funds for their empowerment. Also attached to the broadcast is a link for interested applicants.

The claim reads in parts; the federal government in conjunction with CBN begins the disbursement of NIGERIA YOUTH INVESTMENT FUNDS to empower 500,000 Youths Nationwide.

The Government grant is available to everyone till the 15th of Jan 2021

APPLY HERE ===> https://bit.ly/CBN–Youth-Grant

A screenshot of the WhatsApp message in circulation

FACT:

An investigation by CDD shows that the WhatsApp message in circulation is fake and not from the CBN or the FG.

The CDD gathered that the claims tried to imitate FG’s Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, that was designed to financially empower Nigerian youths through the provision of at least 500,000 jobs between 2020 and 2023.

The authentic link for the FG approved initiative can be accessed on the website of the FMYSD and the CBN.

Further checks by CDD fact-checkers show that this is one of the methods used by internet fraudsters to have access to peoples’ personal information including bank details.

The application process, which is also in stages would request for the applicant’s details, including name, purpose, and type of the grant he/she is applying for. At the end of the application process, the applicant is then requested to share the opportunity with the link to 15 people on WhatsApp for completion.

Screenshot of details from the fake link

Speaking to CDD fact-checker, Areola Oluwakemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development on ICT and Coperate Relations confirmed the link is fake.

Oluwakemi said approved initstaive link is “100 per cent different” from what that is being shared on WhatsApp. She also urged Nigerian youths to always visit the website of the FMYSD (https://youthandsport.gov.ng/) to access the FG grant.

“They should always go to our website and follow the directives on the approved link from there avoid being scammed by these fraudsters,” Oluwakemi said.

CONCLUSION:

The link circulating on WhatsApp on FG/CBN Nigerian Youth Investment Fund is false. The link has been created by online scammers to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

However, an authentic website link is provided on the official website of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development and the CBN website.

CDD urges the general public to always verify every information before dissemination.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: 200 ECWA Members Did Not Die of COVID-19

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM: On January 11, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on TrueTellsNigeria” with the headline: BREAKING NEWS: 200 ECWA Church Members Die Of COVID-19.

The claim also published by a blog – Akpraise – with the headline: Popular Nigerian Church Mourns As 200 Members Are Allegedly killed By COVID-19 said that the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) had on Saturday, January 9, 2021, announced the death of 200 of its mission supporters from complications of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A screenshot of the blog post

According to the report, the announcement was made by ECWA’s President, Reverend Dr. Stephen Baba, while officiating the funeral service of one of the church’s members, Yakubu Kadiya, at Kent Academy Miango, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

FACT: 

Checks by CDD fact-checkers showed that the reports published by the blogs are false.

While debunking the claim, the public relations officer of ECWA Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State, Reverend Romanus Ebenwokodi, said the report is completely false.

Speaking to CDD fact-checker on phone, Ebenwokodi said Reverend Baba’s comments at the funeral in Plateau were taken out of context and used to misinform the general public.

He said Baba had at the funeral mentioned that 200 ECWA Mission’s supporters were affected by the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clarification made by ECWA’s PRO in Jos was also reiterated in a statement subsequently released by the church and signed by Ebenwkodi.

The statement said that 200 ECWA Mission’s supporters did not die of COVID-19 as reported by some blogs.

In the statement, Ebenkwodi added that the Reverend Baba while speaking at the funeral of Yakubu had mentioned that over 200 Mission’s supporters of Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS) of ECWA were affected by the economic hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The statement also said that pandemic, in turn, affected the church’s ability to continue with the Mission’s support in ECWA.

CONCLUSION

CDD can confirm that the claim that 200 ECWA members died of COVID-19 is false.

A comment made by ECWA’s Reverend that the COVID-19 pandemic affected over 200 Mission’s supporters of the church was taken out of context by some blogs.

CDD urges the media on accurate reporting and the public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Shin Babban Bankin Kasa CBN Da Gwamnatin Tarayya Na Bada Tallafin N650,000 Ga Kowane Najeirya?

By Fact Check

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne!

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Talata, 1 ga watan Disamban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wassu sakonni da ake yadawa ta manhajar WhatsApp da suke bayyana cewa gwamnatin tarayya ta hannun babban bankin kasa na CBN na bada tallafin kud da yawan su yakai N650,000 da N250,000 ga kowane ga yan Najeriya a matsayin tallafi.

Sakonnin sunce tallafi za’a bada shi ga mutanen dake shekaru 18 zuwa sama kuma ana bukatar su da cika wani fom a yanar gizo da sakon ke dauke dashi.

Daya sakon yace ana karfafawa yan Najeriya gwiwa da su cika fom ta hanyar wani adireshin yanar gizo da aka samar dan samun garabasar tallafin N250,000. Sakon ya kara da cewa za’a cigaba da bada tallafin har zuwa ranar 1 ga watan Disamban shekara ta 2020

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta gudanar ya gano cewa babu wani shirin bada tallafin kudi N650,000 da N250,000 da gwamnatin tarayya da babban bankin kasa CBN ke shrin baiwa yan Najeriya. Sakonnin da ake yadawa din aiki ne nay an damfara.

Har wayau CDD ta gano cewa bayan mutane sun shiga adireshin da akace shine na samun tallafin sai a bukaci su dakata su gayawa wassu mutanen game da bada tallafin da kuma gabatar da wassu bayanai da suka shafe su kafin a basu dama su ci gaba da rijistar.

Ajikin fom din yanar gizon day an danfarar suka samar anga hoton maganganun da mutanen da acewar wadda suka samar da fom din kalamai ne na wassu da suka cika fom din kuma suka samu gasmsuwa. Wannan alama ce day an danfara kanyi anfani da ita da cutan jama’a, ga hoton bayanan a kasa kamar yadda za’a iya gani.

A matakin karshe na yin rijistar ana bukatar masu cika fom din das u gayawa mutane 15 a shafin WhatsApp.

Ziyarar da masu tantance sahihancin labarai na CDD suka kai zuwa shafin yanar gizo na CBD sun gano cewa tsarin tallafi guda daya da bankin ke aiwatarwa shine na Nigerian Youth Investment Fund, wani shiri na ma’aikatar matasa da wasanni da hadin gwiwar NIRSAL.

Kammalawa:

Sakonnin da ake yadawa ta manhajar WhatsApp dake cewa babban bankin kasa na CBN da gwamnatin tarayya na bada tallafin N650,000 da N250,000 ga yan Najeriya karya ne. yan danfara ne suka tsara sakonnin dan cutar jama’a.

CDD na jan hankalin mutane da suyi taka-tsantsan game sakonnin da amince dasu.

CDD tana jan hankalin jama’a game da yada labaran da basu da tabbacin sahihancin su. Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke shakku akansu dan tantance muku ta hanyar WhatsApp ko gajeren sako ta wannan lamba +2349062910568 ko a shafin Twitter a: @CDDWestAfrica ko @CDDWestAfrica_H

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Shin Gwamnatin Tarayya Zata Dauki Matasa Dubu Hamsin (50,000) Aiki?

By Fact Check

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne!

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Juma’a, 27 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020, masu tanatnce sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani labari da ake yadawa cewa hukumar samar da ayyukan yi ta kasa National Directorate of Employment (NDE) tana raba ayyuka da yawan su yakai 50,000 ga matasan Najeriya.

Wani sako mai alaka da wannan labari yace za’a rika baiwa matasa N10,000 a duk sati dan rage radadin da cutar Corona ta haifar.

Nan a kasa sanfurin sakonnnin ne cikin hoto:

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta gudanar ya gano cewa babu wani tsari na dauka matasa dubu hamsin aiki ko basu naira dubu goma duk sati dan rage musu radadin cutar Corona.

CDD ta gano cewayan danfara ne suka tsara labarin dan cutar mutane kuma tsara sakonnin ne ta hanyar yin lafazin day a shafi tallafin kudi da zai ja hankalin jama’a.

Kammalawa:

Labarin da ake yadawa cewa za’a dauki matasa dubu hamsin (50,000) aiki da kuma basu tallafin naira dubu goma (N10,000) kowane sati dan rage musu radadin cutar Corona karya ne.

CDD tana jan hankalin jama’a game da yada labaran da basu da tabbacin sahihancin su. Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke shakku akansu dan tantance muku ta hanyar WhatsApp ko gajeren sako ta wannan lamba +2349062910568 ko a shafin Twitter a: @CDDWestAfrica ko @CDDWestAfrica_H

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Lakabin Black Friday Baya Nufin Muzantawa Ga Ranar Juma’a

By Fact Check

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Alhamis, 27 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020 masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wata takarda data fito daga hukumar HISBA ta jahar Kano, takardar wadda aka aikata ga hukumar gudanarwar gidan rediyon Cool FM dake birnin Kano ta nemi da a dakatar da tallace-tallacen da ake sakawa a rediyon da suka danganci ranar da aka yimata lakabi da “Black Friday”, ma’ana bakar Juma’a. Lakabin “Black Friday” bai dace ba a cewar hukumar HISBA kuma muzanta ranar Juma’a ne a matsayin tat a ranar mafi daukaka a jerin raneku.

Wani bangare na takardar yace: “muna san mun bayyana rashin jin dadin mu bisa abinda aka yiwa lakabi da “Black Friday”, hakanan muna janyo hankali da cewa mafiya yawa na al’ummar jahar Kano Musulmai ne kuma sun dauki Juma’a a matsayin rana madaukakiya, dan haka hukumar gudanarwar wannan gidan rediyo ta daina kiran Juma’a a matsayin “Black Juma’a” ba tare da bata lokaci ba.

Gaskiyar Magana:

CDD ta tuntubi Kwamandan Hukumar HISBA ta jahar Kano, Sheikh Haroun Muhammad Ibn Sina wanda ya tabbatar da cewa takardar da ingancin takardar da kuma fitowa daga hukumar sa tare da aikata ga manajan Cool FM Kano.

CDD har wayau ta samu samu bidiyo da sautin murya da aka nada inda Kwamandan HISBA din yayi dogon bayani akan abinda “Bakar Juma’a” ke nufi.

Ta cikin wata tattaunawar da CDD tayi da Kwamandan hukumar HISBA, Sheikh Ibn Sina, yace kodayake basa goyon bayan suffanta ranar Juma’a a matsayin “Bakar Juma’a”, basu dakatar kowane rediyo daga kiran wannan rana ba.

Ibn Sina ya kara da cewa: “Juma’a ran ace mai muhimmanci kuma itace rana da tafi albarka daga cikin jerin raneku, muna ganin bai dace a suffanta ta da “Bakar Juma’a” ba, abinda muakyi shine fadakar da Musulmai akan haka”

“Munja hankalin Musulmai akan haka tare da girke dakarun mu a duk wuraren taruwar jama’a da kasuwanni dan dakatar da cudanya tsakanin maza da mata dama tabbatar da cewa mutane basuyi shigar da ta sabawa addini ba. Mu hukuma ce da jaddada halayyar kwarai da kuma dakatar da abinda ya sabawa addinin Musulunci”

Ibn Sina ya kara da cewa: “bamu dakatar kowa daga aiwatar da wassu al’amura a wannan rana ba”

Kwamandan HISBAn ya kara da cewa basu dakatar da komai daga faruwa ba a wannan rana, kawai abinda suke kyama shine aiyana ranar ta Juma’a a matsayin “Baka” da cudanyar matasa maza da mata da zai janyo suki halartar Sallar Juma’a, wannan kuma abune da hukamar take kokarin hana faruwar sa.

Binciken da CDD ta gudanar ya gano cewa “Black Friday” kamar yadda ake kiran ta ta samo asali ne daga kasar Amurka kuma wani suna ne da aka samar dashi ake kuma yin kwarya-kwarya tunawa dashi tun shekarar 1952.

Tarihi ya nuna cewa anfara tunawa da wannan rana shekarar 1950 kuma kuam yan sanda a garin Philadelphia sun baiwa ranar sunan ne dan siffanta wani rikici da ya faru lokacin da wassu ayarin masu sayayya da masu yawon bude ido suka cika birnin kafin gudanar wani kwallo da sojoin ruwa ke gudanarwa da kuma akeyi a wata ranar ta kowace shekara. Sakamakon cikar kwari da garin na Philadelphia yayi aiki yayi yawa ga yan sandan saboda kula da sufuri acikin birnin, kuma wannan al’amari ya samar da damuwa ga yan sandan.

A baya-bayannan kasashe da yawa ciki hard a Najeriya sun maida wannan rana ta zama wata rana da masu saida kayayyaki ke saida ababen sayarwa cikin farashi mai rahusa, hakanan masu sayan kayyaki na tattali dan jiran wannan rana dan sayan kayayyaki cikin farashi mai sauki.

Bugu-da-kari lakabin “Black Friday” bashi da wata illa, kuma bakaken mutane sunyi yawa a duniya, hakanan Najeriya da daga cikin kasashen bakaken fata a nahiyar Afrika, kuma yan Najeriya bakake ne.

Kammalawa:

Lakabin “Black Friday” lakabi ne da ake anfani dashi wajen sayar da kayayyaki cikin farashi mai sauki kuma ranar ta samo asali ne daga kasar Amurka hakanan, tunawa da ranar ya karade duniya.

CDD tana jan hankalin jama’a game da yada labaran da basu da tabbacin sahihancin su. Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke shakku akansu dan tantance muku ta hanyar WhatsApp ko gajeren sako ta wannan lamba +2349062910568 ko a shafin Twitter a: @CDDWestAfrica ko @CDDWestAfrica_H

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

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NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 15, 2020

By Fact Check

CDD Disinformation Weekly takes a closer look at the spread of fake news. The Centre continued to sort fiction from facts. As the world faces information disorder, staying connected with CDD fact checks  brings you informed opinion on important issues, from government to politics, to healthcare and development.

This week,  the Centre spotted the spread of disinformation on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, in addition to transfer of videos offline with the aid of Bluetooth and Xender.

Effort by Twitter  to mark some content on its platforms as possible disinformation received our commendable attention. OF particular mention was the United States of America’s presidential election 2020. Unverified contents were marked with a warning signal.

Worthy of note this week, is how disinformation spread at the community level – local markets, churches, mosques and social gathering by word of mouth. The damage done by the spread of disinformation cannot be overemphasized because sometimes these false narratives degenerate to hate speeches. In other cases, it could turn an already volatile situation to a violent case and can cause harm or death to the people.

Fact Checks for the Week

Has Rahma Sadau Been Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy?

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a claim reported by several online platforms that northern actress, Rahma Sadau has been sentenced death for blasphemy.

The news reports claimed that the alleged sentencing followed Rahma’s photoshoot outfit which drew controversy in the north and among Muslims in the region.

Read more Has Rahma Sadau Been Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy?

Former Bauchi Governor Not Appointed Acting INEC National Chairman

On Friday November 13, 2020 fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a story shared WhatsApp groups with the claim that a former Governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Mu’azu has been appointed the new national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The story published by CityNews had the picture of Mu’azu with the caption: BREAKING: Ahmed Mu’azu now acting INEC chairman.

Read more Former Bauchi Governor Not Appointed Acting INEC National Chairman

News on Disinformation from Centre for Democracy and Development

CDD Trains 24 Members of Africa Young Female Advisers Initiative on Social Media for Good Governance Read more

False news from around the web

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The Government has not approved a new salary for the Nigeria Police.

There are no evidence to prove that the Nigerian Government has approved a new salary scale for the Nigerian Police Force.

First, the alleged increment was not captured in the budget for the year. The Police has also come out to day the news is false.

THE FAKE AND THE FACT

Yes, there is a vaccine on the way

In the last week we have read positive news about the efficacy of the Pfzier/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 and today about Moderna’s.

Unlike conventional vaccines, which are produced using weakened forms of the virus, both are mRNA vaccines, which trick the body into producing some of the viral proteins itself.

COVID 19 Does Not Go Away?

There is increasing evidence that a significant number of people who become infected with COVID-19 continue to have debilitating symptoms for months. The condition, known as “long COVID”, can affect many parts of the body, and can include symptoms ranging from fatigue, a cough, shortness of breath, inflammation and injury to major organs, and neurological and psychological effects. And it can impact anyone, including young healthy people.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke to three survivors and called for governments to take action to support those suffering from long COVID. Share Verified

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

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FACT-CHECK: Seriake Dickson Not Disqualified by Abuja High Court for Certificate Forgery

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False

CLAIM: A WhatsApp message shared widely in groups and on Facebook was spotted  on November 13, 2020 claimed that the Federal High Court in Abuja had disqualified Seriake Dickson, from contesting  the Bayelsa West Senatorial District election over certificate forgery.

Seriake Dickson is the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the forthcoming bye-election.

The message:

FACT:

A check by the CDD reveals that the former governor of Bayelsa State,  Seriake Dickson has not been disqualified for certificate forgery.

Contrary to the viral WhatsApp message, the case filed against the former Governor was dismissed by the presiding Judge, Justice Jane Nyang of the Federal High Court for lack of jurisdiction.

The court also ruled that the suit was filed out of time, meaning it was brought to the court after the stipulated time for such an action.

Eneoriekumoh Owoupele, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had approached the court to disqualify Seriake Dickson  from participating in the election for allegedly supplying false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Also, the WhatsApp broadcast claimed the court judgement was given in Abuja. Findings by our fact-checkers revealed the case was transferred from the court in Abuja to Bayelsa where the judgement was delivered.

CONCLUSION

The former Governor of Bayesla State Serieke Dickon has not been disqualified for forgery as claimed by the widely shared WhatsApp message. The governor is still in the race for the Bayelsa West Senatorial bye-election.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Shin Gwamnatin Kano Ta Canzawa Titin Faransa (France Road) Suna?

By Fact Check

Gaskiyar Magana: Karya Ne!

Tushen Magana:

A ranar 5 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) suka gano wani rubutaccen sako da aka yada ta hanyar WhatsApp dake cewa gwamnatin Kano ta canzawa titin Faransa (France Road) suna zuwa titin Madina (Madina Road).

Kamar yadda sakon wanda aka rubuta cikin harshen Hausa ya bayyana, dalilin canza sunan ya biyon bayan kalaman batanci da shugaban kasar Faransa Emmanuel Macron yayi ga addinin Musulunci.

Sakon ya yabawa gwamnatin Kano bisa kudurin sannan ya nemi jama’a suyi biyayya game da canjin da akayin.


Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta aiwatar ya gano cewa labarin ake yadawa cewa gwamnatin Kano ta canzawa titin Faransan (France Road) karya ne!

Ziyarar da CDD takai zuwa titin na Faransa ta gano cewa babu wata alama dake nuna canzawa titin suna.

Hakanan hakanan da yake bada ba’asi game da labarin, kwamishinan yada labarai na jahar Kano, Muhammad Garba yace gwamnatin Kano bata canja sunan titin ba.

Garba yace: “har yanzu babu sanarwa a hukumance dake nuna canja sunan, gwamna baya nan, hukuma bata dauki matsaya ba”.

Kammalawa:

Gwamnatin Kano bata canja sunan titin Faransa (France Road) ba sakamakon kalaman batanci da shugaban kasar Faransa yayi ga addinin Musulunci.

Titin yana nan a sunan sa da aka sanshi na Faransa. CDD tana jan hankalin jama’a game da yada labaran da basu da tabbacin sahihancin su. Kuna iya aikowa CDD labaran da kuke shakku akansu dan tantance muku ta hanyar WhatsApp ko gajeren sako ta wannan lamba +2349062910568 ko a shafin Twitter a: @CDDWestAfrica ko @CDDWestAfrica_H

#AgujiYadaLabaranBogi

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Is the INEC Chairman Handing Over to an Acting Chairman?

By Fact Check

VERDICT: True

CLAIM: On Friday, November 6, 2020, a blog ejegist published a report with the claim that the current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, will hand over to an Acting Chairman on Monday, November 9.

The report quoting the Daily Trust Newspaper and went further to say that Prof. Yakubu will be handing over to one of the National Commissioners whose tenure has not expired.

FACT:

The claim that Prof. Yakubu Mahmood will on Monday, November 9, handover power to an Acting INEC Chairman is true.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Barr Festus Okoye, told fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) that the Chairman will be stepping aside till he is confirmed for a second term by the Nigerian Senate.

He said ‘’The Chairman will exit the Commission on Monday the 9th of November 2020. Constitutionally his tenure expires by effluxion of time on Monday, November 9, 2020. He will handover to one of the National Commissioners pending his confirmation and swearing-in for a second and final term. The Chairman is a stickler to constitutionalism and will also abide by constitutional tenets.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the current INEC Chairman will be handing over to an acting Chairman on November 9, 2020, is true.

He will handover to one of the National Commissioners pending his confirmation and swearing-in for a second and final term.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Has Bola Tinubu Left APC?

By Fact Check, Uncategorized

VERDICT: False!

CLAIM:

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a story published by a Facebook page of an online Hausa newspaper, Sahara Reporters Hausa, claiming that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has decamped from the ruling party.

The story added that Tinubu left the APC because he was privy to information that some Northern governors were planning to expel him from the party for sponsoring the #EndSARS protest across Nigeria.

According to the report, Tinubu noticed the plot by some leaders of the party and governors was aimed at preventing him from getting the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 elections. Tinubu is yet to announce the party he is joining at the moment, the story added.

At the time of writing this fact check, the story on Sahara Report Hausa has been shared 1,300 times, generated 570 comments as well as 335 likes.

FACT:

Investigations by fact-checkers at the CDD on the report that Tinubu had decamped for the APC show that the claim is false.

Speaking to a CDD fact-checker, Tunde Rahman, the spokesperson to the national leader of the APC said his principal is still a member of the ruling party.

Describing the claim as fake news, Rahman said: “why will he leave the party he helped to build? He is still in the party and has no plans to leave it”.

“It is fake news, disregard it, Bola Tinubu is still in the party”.

Also, reacting to the news of Tinubu’s defection from the APC, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary for the party, Yekini Nabena, told CDD fact-checkers the party is not aware its national leader has decamped.

Nabena said: “As far as I’m concerned, we are not aware at the party headquarters that he has left the party”

CONCLUSION

The claim that APC national leader, Bola Tinubu has decamped from the APC is false!

CDD confirms that as at the time of writing this report Tinubu is still a member of the APC.

CDD urges the public to disregard the story and always verify stories before sharing them.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Katsina Women Did Not Call For Buhari’s Resignation During #EndSARS Protest

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False and Misleading

CLAIM:

On Monday, October 19, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a 30 seconds viral video on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, claiming women dressed in hijabs while chanting and dancing were calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation.

The women were heard chanting “Buhari is a hypocrite and should release Mallam for us” in Hausa.

According to the post, the incident took place during the #EndSARS protest in Katsina State as youths went all out to demand an end to insecurity, among many others.

FACT:

Investigation by fact-checkers showed that the video was not captured during the #EndSARS protest in Katsina as widely claimed.

A check by CDD shows that the video originally published on YouTube on Monday, October 12, 2020, by the African Best TV has gained over 44,000 views before being shared on Twitter.

More checks by the Centre revealed that the video which is an old one is from a protest calling for the release of the Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as the Shiite group. El-Zakzaky was arrested and has been in detention since 2015 for murder and leading an unlawful gathering.

To further clarify the claim, the words chanted by the people seen in the video clearly contradicts the claim because the protesters were chanting, “Buhari is a hypocrite and should release Mallam for us ”.

The word Mallam is used in Nigeria and other African tribes as an appendage to the name of a learned man or scribe. The Shiite group are known to refer to El-Zakzaky as Mallam and their women are known to wear dark clothes; black and ash.

CONCLUSION:

Katsina women did not protest or call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari. The video  shared on various social media platforms depicting women Katsina women protesting against the president is false and misleading. It is an old video from the Shiite protest on the release of their leader Mallam Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT-CHECK: Was Ondo State First Lady, Betty Akeredolu Injured In Attack on Polling Unit?

By Fact Check

VERDICT: FALSE

CLAIM:

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, a video trending on Twitter claimed that three people were killed, while Ondo State first lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was injured at Ward 5, Polling Unit 6 in Owo, during the early hours of the governorship election.

The video which had Channels Television logo and details was widely shared on all social media platforms including WhatsApp. It also claimed some aides to the governor had invaded the PU.

The video, which further claimed that the incident took place at the ongoing October 10, 2020 governorship election was shared by the former Senator Dino Melaye, and on the official handle of the Peoples Democratic Party (@OfficialPDPNig).

The video has since been deleted by the handles listed above but has continued to trend online

FACT:

Fact-checks by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) show that Polling Unit 6, Ward 5 in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State was NOT invaded by some aides to the governor as claimed in the video.

Ondo State first lady Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was neither injured nor were three people killed as alleged in the video.

Observers from the CDD on Saturday, October 10, 2020, visited the polling unit, where the video claimed the attack happened, and the observers can unequivocally confirm that the claims in the video are false.

A further check by CDD fact-checkers shows that the video was captured in Asaba two-years ago (October 3, 2018) by Channels Television during the Peoples Democratic Party’s Delta State primary election.

The original video headlined, “Delta State PDP House of Reps Primary”, shows the location where the video was captured.

Also, our fact-checkers have a video which captures the Wife of the Governor debunking claim of such an incident.

Speaking to journalists in her PU, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu said: “That is insane, that is absurd and that tells you how desperate these people are.”

“I am here with you in the ambience of my country home and somebody is there doctoring a video.” Betty added.

CONCLUSION

The video circulating online with the claim that Governor Akeredolu’s wife was injured in a polling unit and three people killed is false. CDD urges members of the public to be wary of information from unreliable sources being shared online.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

Har Yanzu Ba’a Nada Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a Matsayin Mace Ta Farko Kuma Babbar Daraktar WTO Ba!

By Fact Check

Tushen Magana:

A ranar Alhamis, 8 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2020, kafafen sada zumunta na zamani da dama sun rawaito cewa tsohuwar Ministar Kudi ta kasa Dr. Ngozi Okonj-Iweala ta zama mace ta farko da ta zama babbar daraktar hukumar cinikayya ta duniya wato World Trade Organization (WTO).

Majiyoyi da yawa musamman a Twitter da Facebook da WhatsApp sun wallafa labarin cewa an nada Dr. Iweala a matsayin babbar daraktar WTO.

Gaskiyar Magana:

Binciken da CDD ta gudanar ya gano cewa Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takai matakin zamowa shugaban WTO din ne, ita da wata mata yar kasar Koriya ta Kudu mai suna Yoo Myoung Hee ne suka kai ga samun kansu a wannan mataki.

Jita-jiatr da ake yadawa cewa Okonjo-Iweala ta zama babbar daraktar WTO din karya ne. WTO har yanzu bata kammala zaben wanda zai jagorance ta ba.

A wata sanarwa da aka fitar wadda tayi bayani game da mata guda biyun da suka samu shiga matakin karshe na zabe, shugaban majalisar koli na WTO din Ambassador David Walker yace za’a fara tuntuba game da zaben a ranar 19 ga watan Oktoba kuma zai kai har ranar 27 ga Oktoban da muke ciki kafin agama

Walker yace za’ayi anfani da wa’adin dan tantance wadda ya kamata ya zama shugaban kungiyar kasuwanci ta duniyar.

Sanarwar tace: “a tsawon lokacin da za’a dauka ana tantance wanda ya kamata ya zama shugaban kungiyar cinikayya ta duniyar, za’a tambayi  mambobin kungiyar cikin sirri wanda sukeso ya jagoranci kungiyar, daga nan sai a zabo mutane biyu bayan tuntuba.Bayan haka sai wani sashi da ake kira troika ya gabatar da babban daraktan kungiyar a yanzu wanda suke bada shawarar ya zama sabon babban daraktan, shi kuma babban daraktan na yanzu zai jagoranci zama na babban azure dan gabatar musu shawarar troika wanda daga shi kuma sai nada sabon babban daraktan”

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala itace yar takarar zama babbar daraktar kungiyar daga Najeriya kuma ta taba kasancewa Ministan kudi dama harkokin wajen Najeriya a baya. Har wayau ta taba kasancewa daraktar  ta bankin duniya.

Kammalawa:

Kawo ranar Alhamis, 8 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2020 ba’a nada Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a matsayin babbar daraktar kungiyar cinikayya ta duniya ba, labaran da ake yadawa musamman a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani cewa ta zama babbar daraktar kungiyar bai tabbata ba tukunna.

Kungiyar cinikayya ta duniyar hanyanzu bata kai ga zaban wanda zai jagorance ta ba tukunna.

Summary:

Tantancewar Da CDD Ta Aiwatar

Har Yanzu Ba’a Nada Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a Matsayin Mace Ta Farko Kuma Babbar Daraktar WTO Ba!

Kawo ranar Alhamis, 8 ga watan Oktoban shekara ta 2020 ba’a nada Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a matsayin babbar daraktar kungiyar cinikayya ta duniya ba, labaran da ake yadawa musamman a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani cewa ta zama babbar daraktar kungiyar bai tabbata ba tukunna.

Kungiyar cinikayya ta duniyar hanyanzu bata kai ga zaban wanda zai jagorance ta ba tukunna.

Kuna iya aikowa CDD labarai ko bayanan da kuke da shakku akansu dan ta tantance muku sahihancin su. Zaku iya turo labaran ta wannan lamba: +2349062910568 ko a shafukan mu na Twitter a @CDDWestAfrica ko @CDDWestAfrica_H

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa

FACT CHECK: President Buhari Never Asked Dauda Rarara To Raise Money To Sing For Him

By Fact Check

VERDICT: False!

CLAIM:

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a one-minute 59 seconds video audio clip claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Northern singer, Dauda Rarara, to raise money from Nigerians to produce a song for him.

In the widely circulated audio recorded in Hausa, the speaker can be heard saying that President Buhari directed the singer to receive the donation from Nigerians because the Federal Government lacks fund to execute the singing project.

FACT:

Investigations by CDD on the claim shows that President Buhari did not ask Rarara to raise money from Nigerians to sing for him.

Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, told CDD fact-checker that at no point did his principal issue such a request.

Bashir said: “It is absolutely false. President Buhari is neither aware nor has hand in Dauda Kahutu Rarara’s resolve to raise money and sing for him. The singer himself has not said Buhari asked him to get the N1000 donation from Nigerians”.

Continuing, Ahmad said: “In all the interviews he granted, the singer has explained why he wanted Buhari’s supporters to send him N1000 each so he could highlight the President’s achievements”.

Also speaking to a CDD fact-checker, the secretary of Rarara Multimedia Company, Aminu Afandaj. Said the President never asked the singer to raise money for the praise singing.

Afandaj told CDD fact-checkers that: “President Buhari is not even aware of the whole initiative because he wasn’t informed about it, if he later knows about it he might have heard about it as news.

“Therefore the President has nothing to do with asking Rarara to generate money, it’s so unprofessional for medium to put out such news, it’s a big lie,” Afandaj said.

CONCLUSION

The report claiming that President Buhari has asked a Northern singer to raise money to sing for him is false.

The widely circulating audio claiming that President Buhari has asked the singer to raise money to sing for him from Nigerians should be disregarded.

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

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

Center for Democracy and Development West Africa| CDD West Africa