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ASUU did not ask students to prepare for resumption as falsely reported

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Claim: A report by Daily Post claims ASUU asked students to prepare for resumption next week.

False. The claim is false as ASUU has denied the claim and disowned the Twitter account.

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A report by Daily Post claims the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) asked students to prepare for resumption next week. The report published on Sunday, November 15, 2020, credited this statement to a post by what it described as ASUU’s official Twitter page.

“The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) told students to prepare for resumption next week. ASUU said this on its official Twitter page as the education body expressed hope of an agreement with the federal government.”

Excerpt of Daily Post’s report.

Screenshot of Daily Post’s report.

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A keyword search by Dubwa led to different reports by different news platforms and blogs.

One report by information Nigeria noted that ASUU has asked Nigerian students to prepare for resumption next week. This report said this was made known on what it described as the official Twitter account of ASUU even though it did not share a link to the Twitter post or a screenshot of the post.

Screenshot of Information Nigeria’s report.

A similar report by Observer Times quoted @ASUUNGR__ as its source with a screenshot of the Twitter post. 

Screenshot of Observer Times report.

Another site named My School News published this same report, also quoting the said ASUU Twitter account with a Screenshot of the Twitter post.

Screenshot of My School News report.

Although Dubawa has done different checks on claims by ASUU on Twitter and proved them to be false and misleading, Dubawa went ahead to find this Twitter post. Dubawa’s search found this statement was made by @ASUUNGR__

The Twitter post which was made on Saturday, November 14, 2020, has generated over 12,000 likes, 2100 retweets and 862 quote tweets.

Screenshot of Twitter post by @ASUUNGR__

While it is worthy of note that ASUU has distanced itself from any Twitter account noting it does not run any Twitter account, Dubawa took a step further to speak with officials from ASUU.

First, Dubawa reached out to the ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, but he’s yet to reply to our inquiries.

However, in an interview with Business Day over the weekend, Mr Ogunyemi said the union is not calling off it’s strike yet as it is yet to get concrete action from the federal government.

“It is totally fake news. Absolute lie. ASUU does not operate any Twitter handle. The operators of the so-called Twitter are impersonators.”

Excerpt of Ogunyemi’s quote from Business Day report.

Dubawa also reached out to the chairman of ASUU, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Olusiji Sowande, who denied the Twitter account and described the claim as false and misleading.

“ASUU does not have an official Twitter handle. Therefore, the information about resumption is false and misleading.”

Conclusion

The claim that ASUU asked students to prepare for resumption next week is false and misleading as ASUU has denied this and disowned the Twitter account that made this claim. 

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