Connect with us

Facebook Checks

Did The Isreali Prime Minister Urge The Nigerian Government To Set Biafra Free?

Photo Credit: The Hans India 2 mins read

CLAIM: IPOB: “let them go and build their empire” Isreal Prime Minister tells Nigeria Govt

CONCLUSION: Likely False; a simple case of misconstrued context and uncorroborated news similar to the post on Vladmir Putin. More so, if there was any semblance of truth to the claim, it would have been reported by the same platforms that reported  President Buhari congratulating the Prime Minister on his victory in the parliamentary election!

FULL TEXT:

Yet another instance of uncorroborated news from an unreliable source. Similar to the case of Vladmir Putin as fact-checked by Dubawa, who was alleged to have said ‘‘Africa is just a cemetery for Africans. How could a cemetery be developed?”; this post has been discovered.

The post by ‘‘Reporters Press Nigeria’’ titled IPOB: “let them go and build their empire” Isreal Prime Minister tell Nigeria Govt was published on June 9, 2019. In the report, it is alleged that the Israel Prime Minister urged the Nigerian government to grant freedom to the people of Biafra. This post has no verifiable source and has no verification whatsoever by a notable media platform.

Some other platforms like Jamyco have the same content as regarding Benjamin Netanyahu, and a similar one referencing the Sudanese President.

Verification of the claim:

It is true that IPOB often protests in Nigeria as seen in these videos. However, what is not true is the statement attributed to Netanyahu. His claim can therefore be as a result of IPOB leader’s rapport with Israel.

Building on that, in a report by the Punch, Nnamdi Kanu is remarked to have beckoned the nation of Israel for support. He asserts it is the responsibility of Israel to ensure Biafra’s independence. These occurrences  are perhaps the basis for the origin of the claim. 

Turns out, the circumstances were misconstrued. It was actually the indigenous people of Biafra in Israel who beckoned on the nation’s Prime minister. Jerusalem Post reports how Nigerians took to the streets of Tel Aviv in a bid to garner endorsement from the state with respect to their claim for independence in the United Nations.

Also, this claim is similar to a fact-check done by African check, with a caption ‘‘Israeli prime minister didn’t say Biafra would ‘overtake Nigeria as Africa’s giant’. 

More so, there still is no official report or statement from the Israel Prime Minister to authenticate this story. If at all Benjamin Netanyahu actually made such a comment, it would have made headlines. That did not happen!
Furthermore, the grammatical errors and mediocre plot style call its veracity into account.

Conclusion:

A simple case of misconstrued context and uncorroborated news similar to the post on Vladmir Putin. More so, if there was any semblance of truth to the claim, it would have been reported by the same platforms that recorded  President Buhari congratulating the Prime Minister on his victory in the parliamentary election.

Temilade Onilede is a researcher and the Programme Assistant for Dubawa, Nigeria. She holds an undergraduate degree in Performing Arts From the University of Ilorin, Ilorin Kwara State. She is a trained journalist, with good research and writing skills, coupled with her knowledge in Journalism; a personable character and an engaging mind who is well skilled in the field of fact-checking and verification.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

More in Facebook Checks