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

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 …

FACT-CHECK: Did WHO Disqualify Nigeria From Global Vaccine Bid?

VERDICT: Misleading On February 6, 2021, the Punch Newspaper published a report online with the headline, “WHO disqualifies Nigeria, eight others from global vaccine bid.”  The report claimed that the World Health Organisation-led COVAX global initiative has disqualified Nigeria and eight other countries for bidding for the Pfizer vaccines. According to the report, WHO’s decision …

Shin An Samu Rudani a Garin Legos Sakamakon Raba Rigakafin Cutar Korona?

Gaskiyar Al’amari: Karya Ne! Tushen Magana: A ranar Ladi, 31 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin labarai dan gano gaskiyar su na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wata murya mai tsawon dakika 51 da aka nada cikin harshen Hausa kuma ake yadawa ta manhajar WhatsApp. Muryar na cewa an …

Kwamitin Gwamnatin Tarayya Kan Yakar Cutar Korona Bai Fitar Da Sanarwa Game Da Saka Dokar Kulle Ba

Tushen Magana: A ranar 15 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021 masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano wani sakon da ake yadawa a manhajar WhatsApp, sakon na cewa kwamitin kar takwana na gwamnatin tarayya aka cutar Korona ya fitar da sakon game da sake kakaba dokar kulle  a …

COVID-19 Pandemic: Steps To Conducting An Election

With guidance from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released measures to be taken by electorates and officials to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) during elections in Nigeria. These measures include steps expected to be taken by both electoral officers, voters and observers during an election …

FACT-CHECK: Prof Ebere Onwudiwe Not In Dollar Spraying Trending Video

VERDICT: False and Misleading CLAIM: On Monday, January 11, 2021, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending video of a group of people particularly men dressed in white attire and off-white hats spraying Dollar notes in the air in an event. The video widely spread on WhatsApp with the claim that the …

Tackling COVID-19: The Need for a Nigerian Response

The coronavirus is a human tragedy that is now affecting over a million people around the globe. The World Health Organization ( declared COVID 19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. It indicated with certainty that the coronavirus (SARS CoV 2) will spread to all parts of the world and pointed out that all governments, …

Tackling COVID-19: Finding West Africa's Path

Introduction The days when COVID-19 was only a distant threat to West African countries are over. It is now evident that the virus is here to stay andmust be addressed with practical responses that take into account the West African settings. Although the infection curve is not exponential, community transmission is beginning to gain ground …

Daraktan Hukumar Lafiya Ta Duniya WHO Bai Bayyana Kamuwa Da Cutar Corona Ba!

Tushen Magana: A ranar Litinin, 2 ga watan Nuwanban shekara ta 2020, masu tantance sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya Da Cigaba (CDD) sun gano yadda zaurukan yanar gizo da dama suka wallafa labarin cewa, babban daraktan hukumar lafiya ta duniya (WHO) ya kamu da cutar Corona. Labarin wanda, shafukan yanar gizon suka wallafa cikin …

Top CDD Fact-Checks For The Week Ending October 31, 2020

In the past week, false narratives across the ecosystem continued to revolve around incidents during the #EndSARS protest and Nigerian politics. Some of the narratives include the claim that the Nigerian Government is giving out N3 million as a means to alleviate poverty among youths in the country. This claim was found to be false …

FACT-CHECK: No, WHO Did Not Send Message on COVID-19 Vaccine

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On August 20, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) came across an article published on Myafricatoday claiming that the World Health Organization sent an important message to the world on a Coronavirus vaccine.  The report headlined “Breaking-news world health organization sends important message to the world on coronavirus vaccines”, said WHO’s …

Shin Hydroxychloroquine Yana Maganin Cutar Corona?

Tantancewar CDD: Babu Kwakwkwarar Hujja Da Ta Nuna Hakan! Tushen Magana: A ranar Litinin, 27 ga watan Yulin shelara ta 2020, wani faifan bidiyo ya yadu matuka gaya a kafafen sada zumunta a Najeriya, acikin bidiyon anga wata likita yar asalin Najeriya dake zaune a kasar Amurka. Bidiyon wanda tun farko wata kafar yada labarai …

FACT-CHECK: FDA Did Not Approve Hydroxychloroquine, Others for COVID-19 Treatment

VERDICT: False CLAIM A trending WhatsApp message claims that Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and Zinc Sulphate can be used in the treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  According to the message, a combination of the trio with a stipulated dose is the regimen approved by the US Food and Drug Administration agency for treatment of the viral disease. Part …

FACT CHECK: Does Hydroxychloroquine Cure COVID-19?

VERDICT: No Sufficient Evidence to Shows It Does Since Monday, July 27, a video of a United States of America-based physician, Stella Immanuel has continued to trend on almost all the online platforms. The video first published by media outlet, Breitbart News, featured a group of people wearing white laboratory coats calling themselves “America’s Frontline …

FACT CHECK: Have Apple, Google Silently Installed COVID-19 Tracking App on Your Phone?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: Many users of smartphones across Nigeria have been raising concerns with the claim that Apple or Google has inserted a COVID-19 tracking sensor to their phone without permission. People are forwarding the message on WhatsApp and Facebook and Twitter, warning that an application (App) has been developed to monitor people. FACT: Google …

FACT CHECK: Did NCDC Say No State Reported New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours?

VERDICT: False and Misleading Headline CLAIM: On Saturday, July 18, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report on NewsExtra claiming that no state in Nigeria reported new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 24 hours. The report published with the headline, COVID-19: No state reported new case in 24 hours …

FACT-CHECK NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 13 – JULY 19, 2020

In the past week, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has countered some disinformation spreading across various social media spaces. Some of the fact-checks showed that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaging the world has changed most of the activities in the Nigerian system. Below are the fact-checks produced by the CDD between July 13 …

Did President Donald Trump Tweet About Wearing A Face Mask?

VERDICT: False CLAIM: On Thursday, July 16, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a screenshot of a tweet claimed to have been shared by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. A screenshot of the tweet which read: ‘’Wear a Mask’’ was reshared by @scienceIsnew who claimed the tweet was made …

Babu Wani Magani da Hukumar Kula Da Ingaancin Abinci da Magunguna ta Kasa NAFDAC ta Amince Dashi a Matasyin Maganin Cutar Corona

Tushen Magana: A ranar 11 ga watan Yulin shekara ta 2020, wassu zauruka da yawa na yanar gizo a Najeriya sun rawaito cewa hukumar kula da ingancin magunguna da abinci ta kasa NAFDAC ta amince da PAX a matsayin maganin da zai bada garkuwa ga mutane daga kamuwa da cutar Corona. Rahotannin da aka wallafa …

Newsletter for the Week of July 6 to July 12, 2020

The past week has seen a trend of false claims across Nigeria, shifting from major issues around the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic to the political space. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has continued to sustain in efforts in countering the disinformation across social media space and at the community level. The false claims countered …