CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 18, 2021

Last week, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) received numerous requests to fact-check some of the trending stories for the week. Among them was a claim published by the Independent Newspaper – now retracted – although already circulated by other online news outlets. At the moment, the CDD is yet to independently …

Labaran Karya da CDD ta Gano Tare da Binciko Sahihancin Su a Mako na Biyu na Watan Maris, 2021

A mako na biyu na watan Maris din shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano sahihancin su na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun bankado tare da binciko gaskiyar wasu labaran karya da aka wallafa a kafafen sada zumunta na zamani irin su Facebook, Twitter da manhajar WhatsApp. Ga labaran nan kamar yadda wannan mujalla …

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 14, 2021

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 …

CDD NEWSLETTER FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Last week, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD’s) newsletter examined the dangers of disinformation (fake news) to the corporate existence of Nigeria as a nation. While fake news is not a new phenomenon, over time, the spread of disinformation has taken various dimensions. To survive the times, one must be cautious of claims or …

Do Nigerians Believe in Vaccines and their Efficacy?

Nigeria is working towards acquiring its first batch of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. While Nigeria’s domestic development agency for health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and philanthropist Bill Gates argue over which is more important, investing in Primary Health Care or COVID-19 vaccines, Nigerians for whom the argument is taking place on their behalf …

NIGERIA THIS WEEK ENDING JULY 17, 2020

Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo state, eleven (11) governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have rejected the indirect mode of a primary election. They petitioned the party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC), rejecting the planned indirect mode of primary election slated on July 20. The aspirants said, having traversed the …

Did Oshiomole Plot the Return of Ize-Iyamu to APC?

Verdict: FALSE CLAIM: CDD fact checkers have spotted a trending news report by the Midwest Herald, a Community Newspaper in Nigeria. The news story has been sighted on social media platforms including WhatsApp. The report claimed that the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is plotting the return of Pastor Osagie …

Did former governors gang up against Goodluck Jonathan?

Verdict: False Claim: On 5th June, a story appeared on the website – ‘saharanews.co’ which made a number of spurious claims. The claims were that northern governors accused GEJ of killing northerners, and prevented the sales of arms to Nigeria which could have aided in the war against Boko Haram, the article further claims that …

CDD Fact Check: How true is the Claim that EFCC arrested Okorocha and Wife?

Verdict: FALSE Claim: CDD has spotted a news circulating on Social media, and traditional media space, claiming that the EFCC arrested Immediate pasted Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and his wife.  The reports came in the early hours of 30th May, 2019, on different news site including pulseNG, Concise News,   informationng and went viral …

Did Miyetti Allah Demand for the Refund of N3.8b Campaign Funds Given to the APC Gubernatorial Candidate?

  Verdict: False Claim:  The CDD have spotted a story circulating on WhatsApp alleging that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) are insisting that the sum of N3.8 billion financial contribution made to the APC gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State Mr Nsima Ekere, and his godfather, Senator Godswill Akpabio is returned to …

JOB VACANCIES

About CDD The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and subsequently registered in Lagos – Nigeria in 1999 as an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The Centre was established to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space …

Will Ghana Follow Nigeria’s Example of Voting for Change?, By Idayat Hassan

The issues that will define the 2016 Ghana general election are the same problems that plagued Nigeria in the 2015 general election: unemployment, corruption, incessant power outages or lack of electricity, a dual tax burden on the working class, an increasing debt portfolio and dearth of infrastructural development. Ghana, West Africa’s poster child for democracy, …

ECOWAS and Nigeria Working More Closely To Attain Greater Stability in West Africa

ECOWAS and the Federal Republic of Nigeria have stressed the need to continue working together for the stability, peace and security of the West African region. The renewed faith in closer collaboration was voiced by both the Chair of the Authority of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the …

Stakeholders Dialogue on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)

This meeting is intended to discuss overall issues of arms proliferations; arms stockpile management, arms productions, transfer and trade. It would also examine among other things, the porosity of the Nigeria land borders, water ways and seaports and airports. Although this conversation will be moderated, it would apply Chatham House rules. Unlike other meetings, CDD …