CDD Newsletter For the Week Ending March 21, 2021

Disinformation and misinformation are currently being spread in such a manner that they both pose a global threat, causing unease and fear within societies and organisations. With our work at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), we are committed to empowering people across the West African region with adequate knowledge that could help them …

Why Do You Need to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Nigeria received the first batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines through the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) vaccine facility, the global sharing program designed to give countries equal access to vaccines and other tools. After verification and certification by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC), President Muhammadu Buhari …

Information Influence: Disinformation During Edo's 2020 Gubernatorial Election

Located at the centre of southern Nigeria, in the south-south geopolitical zone, Edo state was created in 1991 but it was not until 1999 that its first democratically elected leader – Chief Lucky Igbinedion of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – was elected to power. PDP ruled the state for nine years before a court …

Dissecting Disinformation in Nigeria: An Overview of CDD's Work So Far

With many of the world’s populations in lockdown, or living with restrictedfreedom of movement, it is a good time to reflect on the present, evaluate the past, and look towards the future. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is taking time to reflect on its journey in fighting disinformation by looking at some of …

Nigeria’s First Female Engineer Never said FG is Hiding Facts About COVID-19 from Citizens

VERDICT: False CLAIM: A widely circulated WhatsApp broadcast has accused the Nigerian government of, amongst others, hiding vital facts about the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.  The broadcast is credited to Nigeria’s first female chartered engineer, Mrs. Olu Maduka. Among many claims credited to Mrs Maduka is that several COVID-19 patients are on life support, …

Is the Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law of 2019 meant to frustrate Christians?

Verdict: False Claim: Several online blogs have claimed that the Kaduna State Religious Preaching (Regulation) Law 2019 is specifically enacted to target Christians in the state, and some have accused El-Rufai of abolishing vigils, and other Christian observances. “It is designed to frustrate the Christians from celebrating Christmas, Easter and other vigils in the state. …