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Five Times President Buhari’s Name Was Caught In Misinformation

  1. Misleading Headline Led Readers To Believe President Buhari Died

The headline of a PMNews’ June 2021 report stated: “JUST IN: Buhari Shot Dead By Gunmen In Edo.” However, verification shows that the Buhari in question was not the President, but a driver with Hartland Construction Company.

Five Times President Buhari’s Name Was Caught In Misinformation
  1. NO! President Buhari’s Assets Were Not Seized

Another news headline in June 2021 announced: “JUST IN: AMCON takes Buhari’s Properties.” This headline is misleading. The Buhari in question is not the Nigerian President, but Mr Abdulfatai Buhari, a lawmaker representing Ogbomosho North in the country’s senate.

Five Times President Buhari’s Name Was Caught In Misinformation
  1. No Evidence Buhari Threatened Local Government Chairmen With Imprisonment Over Funds

On Tuesday the 22nd of June 2021, a post was made on Facebook by Mr Joe Igbokwe, a member of the All Progressives Congress and Special Adviser, Office of Drainage Services to the Lagos State Governor. In the post, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari purportedly threatened local government chairmen in the country with EFCC and Kirikiri prison if they handed their local government funds to their governors. There is no evidence to support the claim.

Five Times President Buhari’s Name Was Caught In Misinformation
  1. Aboubakar Hima Defrauded Nigeria Of Arms Funds In Past Administration, Not In Buhari’s Govt

A viral message on social media claimed that Buhari’s regime declared a foreign national from Niger wanted for defrauding Nigeria of $400 million, N400 million and €10 million designated for the purchase of arms. This information is MISLEADING. While it is true that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Nigerien wanted for defrauding Nigeria of arms funds, it is not true that the deal took place under President Buhari’s regime and the exact amount of the deal is $394million, €9.9million, and N369million.

Five Times President Buhari’s Name Was Caught In Misinformation
  1. Did Buhari Promise Not To Embark On Medical Trips As President?

Short answer? No. Long answer? A WhatsApp message announced that President Buhari said he will not embark on foreign medical trips. The viral message claimed President Buhari made the statement while delivering a lecture at The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, on February 21st 2015 before he was elected Nigeria’s President. This claim is not accurate as findings show that the transcripts of his speech at Chatham House have no record of this statement.  

Five Times President Buhari’s Name Was Caught In Misinformation

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