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President Muhammadu Buhari did not approve President Obasanjo’s request for election cancellation

CLAIM: A Facebook user claims President Muhammadu Buhari has approved former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to cancel the election.

FINDING: Former president Olusegun Obasanjo issued a statement on 27 February, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel elections that do not pass the credibility and transparency test. Responding to this, a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said Obasanjo’s letter was a “willful incitement of violence” and asked him not to truncate the elections with his “inciting, self-serving and provocative letter.”  The statement added that anyone dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections should follow the necessary legal procedures. At no point did President Buhari approve President Obasanjo’s request to cancel the election.

VERDICT: False

SOURCE: Federal ministry of information and culture 

DATE: 28/03/2023

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