CLAIM: Viral video post alleges that Sowore called for a revolution in 2012 during ex-President Jonathan’s tenure; with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
MORE CONTEXT NEEDED: Image verification analysis does not label the video as a fake, yet the source is unidentified. Regardless, it is evident that Sowore called for a revolution as claimed by the viral video. However, there was no mention of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s name or his administration. More so, there was no evidence in the video to show he had President Muhammadu Buhari’s support.
Reno Omokri on Oct. 4 tweeted a video that went viral with 327 retweets and 5,699 views.
Another Twitter handle by name Kikilomo Sowore tweeted the video- which amassed over 5K views, 303 retweets and 379 likes. Wotzup.ng and Nairaland.com also reshared the video; with the latter sharing another purported video of Sowore calling for a revolution against the military regime in 1998.
Sowore is currently standing trial after the Department for State Security (DSS) arrested him for treasonable felony.
Nigerians had criticised President Buhari for arresting Sowore having called for same revolution- albeit through the polls during President Jonathan’s administration, without being arrested.
However, Sowore has since been granted bail, although, with stringent conditions. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum. On Friday, Oct. 4, the Federal High Court in Abuja granted bail to Mr Omoyele Sowore, and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. However, he is still in detention.
Kikelomo Sowore while responding to the bail conditions tweeted –
For verification, we employed a host of web forensic tools – Invid video search, google reverse search and a simple web were some of the tools utilized. Google reverse search did not provide any useful results. A web search revealed videos for Kikelomo and other twitter handles that retweeted the video. Invid video search also provided no viable results, labelling it- UNCONFIRMED. The video we believe may have emanated from the or an Instagram handle for Sowore; or so we thought. Checks on the social media platform for the user handle, “Aristocrat UNILAG” were also futile; leading us to believe the account might have been deleted.
Nonetheless, listening in on the video, there is no mention of any administration or President Buhari. However, it is clear that Sowore did indeed call for a revolution against the government of the day. Although, this could be any administration given Sowore’s long record of activism. There’s also no media report of President Buhari referencing Sowore’s comment in the video.
Image verification analysis does not label the video as a fake, yet the source is unidentified. Regardless, it is evident that Sowore called for a revolution as claimed by the viral video. However, there was no mention of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s name or his administration. More so, there was no evidence in the video to show he had President Muhammadu Buhari’s support. Additionally, the video did not indicate when and whose administration Sowore was referring to- making the context unknown!
This fact-check was done by a Dubawa Fact-checking Fellow in collaboration with The News Agency of Nigeria, a news reporting agency owned and run by the Federal Government of Nigeria with substantial reach and mobility across the 36 states of the country.