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Did Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Urge Igbos To Defend Their Land? NO

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CLAIM: A website claims that Ngozi Okonjo Iweala said “I  see war, I see killings, I see fight, Igbos time is now, defend your land” 

CONCLUSION: FALSE

FULL STORY:

On June 27, 2018, a media outfit Exclusive103.com wrote a story with the headline “I see war, I see killings, I see fight, Igbos time is now, defend your land – Former Minister of Finance Reacts to Plateau Killings, Tells Nigerians What to Do”.

While it’s been a year since that was written online, the post is still trending on Facebook till this day. However, this is a FALSE story.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance has reacted over the incessant killings in Nigeria by the Fulani Herdsmen. When the news originally surfaced, the former Minister and now Board member of African Risk Capacity (ARC) had spoken about the killings by the herdsmen which occurred in Plateau State on Sunday, 24th June, 2018; an attack which claimed the lives of over 100 people.

In a twitter post, she called on Nigerians to cry out over the barbaric killings perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen. In her words: 

Devastating to see the killings of innocent men, women and children in various parts of the country. We must cry out! Every Nigerian life matters. How can we protect and value every life in the country?”

At no point in her online history did Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala make the other claim attributed to her by Exclusive103.com. Rather, it is a false headline with misleading content.

The former Minister is not new to having claims and quotes attributed to her as she had pointed out severally through her twitter handle, and in the process warned the public about the existence of such fake claims.

In July 10, 2018 through her twitter account, she warned politicians to stop using her name to spread fake news.

Each candidate should run on the credibility of their persons and performance, without adding my name to their political campaign’’, she said.

In August 8, 2018, she also warned against using her name as, in her words, “a credibility pole vault”.

Again in August 14, 2018, she displayed five fake facebook accounts people attributed to her as follows: (1) facebook.com/amaka.chukwuma (2) facebook.com/ngozie.okonjoiw (3) facebook.com/ngozi.okonja (4) facebook.com/chidimna.glory (5) facebook.com/NgoziOkonjoIwe

She had also through a statement issued by her spokesperson, Paul Nwabuikwu on October 21, 2018 warned the public about fake news about her, and in some cases, attributed to her!

Our Last Words: Always crosscheck the authenticity of any quotes, articles, audios and videos attributed to influential people!

Ebere Agozie is a Senior Correspondent with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) with a staff strength of about 880, Joined in 2014 as a correspondent. Currently covering Agriculture and Environment beats from the headquarters of the Agency in Abuja. She had covered other beats including Culture and Entertainment, and Science and Technology, with reportage on different themes. Her works were aired on multiple networks through the NAN platform. She is also the winner of the 2018 COORDINATOR'S OPEN FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY(OFAB) MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST PRINT REPORTER". Prior to joining NAN, she was the Operations Manager, AULIC Nigeria Limited, the concessionaire of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex - 2012; Head, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, Aulic Nigeria Limited from 2009 to 2012. She rose from the position of the Public Relations Officer to Head of Public Affairs at FABER Expressions, a Radio/Television Production firm – 2000-2009. She is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Institute of Management and Technology(IMT), Enugu, (HND) -1998. And holds a Master of Business Administration(MBA) from the Lagos State University (LASU) - 2007.

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