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Aso Rock Chronicles: Buhari Did NOT Sack Kyari Amid COVID-19 Status

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A blog site publication stated that the President fired his Chief of Staff, further appointing Ajimobi as a replacement. 

Not only is there no media report to corroborate this claim, but the presidency also debunked it. 

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It seems we had more to worry about other than April Fools last week. Incidentally, a blog, 24Reports, published on April 1 that the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed his Chief of Staff. Apparently, Buhari made this decision owing to Abba Kyari’s COVID-19 status, according to this blog. Per the report, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, broke the news. The report quoted him thus:

“The end of the arrangement of Abba Kyari produced quick results. What’s more, the President have designated Abiola Ajimobi as New COS”

News of Abba Kyari’s COVID-19 status is currently mainstream. He reportedly developed symptoms days after he arrived from his trip to Germany; subsequently going for a test which came out positive. After confirming his COVID-19 status, rumour had it that Abba Kyari was sneaked out of the country for treatment along with the president.

However, Dubawa’s findings revealed this was false. The check further confirmed that the duo was present in the country. While Kyari was receiving treatments in Lagos, no evidence suggested the president was infected with the virus.

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There has been no credible news publication that speaks to the removal or replacement of Abba Kyari. 

Meanwhile, it seems this claim has been making the rounds on WhatsApp prior to blog publication. President Buhari’s personal assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad attested to this in a tweet where he debunks the claim. He further advised the public to disregard and dishonour the viral claim. Another iteration names Alhaji Babagana as Kyari’s replacement.

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Besides, other verification platforms such as CDD also rated this false. So why does this conjecture persist? Well, evidently falsehoods persist post verification; thus buttressing the need for the repetition and emphasis of truth and facts! Hence, we advise that before you share anything be sure it is not fake news and when in doubt, don’t share.

Lateef Sanni is a graduate of mass communication from Lagos state university. Before joining Dubawa, he belonged to the association of campus journalists where he was trained on the basics of fact-checking, a tool for combating misinformation in Nigeria. He joined the Dubawa team as a researcher and content developer for Dubawa's social media platforms. He consistently works to improve the dissemination of fact-checks through pictures [fact cards] and videos.

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