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Picture On Buhari’s Death Is FALSE!

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CLAIM: Facebook picture alleges the demise of the Nigerian President

FALSE: The picture is false. So is the tagline as CNN did not release any report.

FULL TEXT:

This again? Yet another Facebook picture regarding the president’s demise is making rounds. This particular issue, this hoax, this malinformation has been over recycled since President Buhari’s first medical trip way back in 2016. The post was captioned:

Breaking News! CNN have finally release (sic) the news of the demise of Buhari which took January 27, 2017. This is the highest fraudulent act that ever committed in the land by northern cabals and they should all be arrested by now.

Photo credit: AFP Fact check

A bit of context…

Following Buhari’s swearing-in, preceding the 2015 elections, news broke out that the President had died in one of his medical trips abroad. Even after the President returned to the country, news of him being replaced  by a clone ‘‘Jubrin from Sudan’’ took the spotlight too. The virality on the subject could not be denied as several platforms had something to say about it.

However, the spokesperson to the President on several platforms debunked this news, terming it “evil rumors.” Also, BBC reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had denied rumours that he has died and had been replaced by a lookalike.

Even with reports from several media outlets that proved the President is alive, this picture still emerged on Facebook with over 900 shares.

VERIFICATION:

Disregarding the obvious grammatical errors in this post which call its authenticity into account, a google reverse image shows that the picture was doctored. It revealed that there are lots of images with the same presenter/newscaster. In the images, the same posture and hand placement can be observed albeit with different news elements alluding to “photoshop work.”

This picture has also been used in recent memes about “local man”.

Result of the image search

CONCLUSION:

The picture is obviously false as evidenced by the reverse image search conducted. More so, there is no available evidence that CNN released any such report as alleged by the claim.
NB: Before you share a picture please do well to perform a reverse image search on it.

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.

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