Yahaya Bello

  • APC goofs, affixes wrong titles to Kwara, Kogi governors, minister

    The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) erroneously affixed titles to the names of two of its governors and a minister in a document recently released to the public, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

    In the list of the 86-member Campaign Council for the July 15 governorship election in Osun State released on Tuesday, the party referred to Governors AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as well as the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Sunday Dare, as doctorate degree holders.

    Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

    The document bearing the wrong appellations was signed by the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore,

    The council, co-chaired by Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, was constituted to help the party canvass votes in the election in which Its candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola is seeking a second term.

    Checks by PREMIUM TIMES, however, revealed that Messrs AbdulRazaq, Bello and Dare do not hold a doctorate degree, neither is any of them a medical doctor.

    Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development [PHOTO CREDIT: @SundayDareSD]
    Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development [PHOTO CREDIT: @SundayDareSD]

    It was also discovered that none of the trio was ever awarded a honourary doctorate degree by any degree-awarding institution anywhere in the world.

    Actual qualifications

    With no public record of university or polytechnic education, Mr AbdulRazaq’s secondary education background was in contention ahead of the 2019 governorship election in the state.

    While he claimed to have graduated from Government College, Kaduna and duly sat for his final secondary school leaving examination in 1976, his opponents had labeled him a drop-out from the school.

    Apart from his controversial secondary school credentials, the Kwara governor, till date has not been able to stop the debate on his claim to have obtained a first degree, much less of a Masters or a Ph.D.

    Although more academically qualified, this newspaper can authenticate the Kogi State Governor’s primary, secondary and tertiary institution qualifications.

    However, there is no actual record of him ever bagging a Ph.D from any higher learning institution to qualify for the doctorate title APC added to his name in the document.

    Mr Bello obtained both his accounting degree and Masters in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State.

    Yahaya Bello [PHOTO CREDIT :@OfficialGYBKogi]
    Yahaya Bello [PHOTO CREDIT :@OfficialGYBKogi]

    Arguably a cerebral person, Mr Dare, a former journalist, bagged his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) honours in International Studies in 1991 and his Master of Arts (MA) in Law and Diplomacy dates back to 1996.

    Beyond these two academic qualifications and some awards and recognitions, there is no record showing that he bagged a Ph.D.

    Calls to the spokesperson of the Kwara and Kogi State Governors, Rafiu Ajakaye and Muhammed Onogwu respectively, were nor answered.

    Toyin Ibitoye, Mr Dare’s spokesperson, could also not be reached for comments.

    It’s a new low for the ruling party – Fact Check Expert

    The Editor of Dubawa, a fact-checking platform, Kemi Busari, said it is disappointing that the APC leaders appended their signatures to the document without cross checking their facts.

    Stating that though the act of spreading misinformation, disinformation and fake news in Nigeria is not new to him, Mr Busari said the involvement of a ruling party in such an act is a “new low” in his years of fact checking claims from members of political parties.

    “I feel it is very wrong for them to put a doctorate in their title even if it’s honorary. If they must do that, they should have indicated by putting it in brackets. It is very bad coming from a ruling party, and it also confirms the level of trust gap between people and their leaders.

    “We are going into another election year where a lot of people will use a lot of parameters in making their decision, one of such is candidates’ academic qualifications. Why should I trust you if you are parading someone or a candidate with B.Sc or Masters holder as Ph.D holder for me?

    “It is very detrimental to decision making when the information coming out is false and this becomes a problem for the electorate,” Mr. Busari said.

    This article is a republished article from Premium Times

  • Data shows Yahaya Bello lied that APC led Gov’t is securing Nigeria

    CLAIM: That the APC-led government is securing the country.

    Yahaya Bello lied. The above findings show that Yahaya Bello’s claim that the APC-led government is securing the country is False.


    Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, on November 19th, 2020, claimed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government is securing Nigeria, stating that this among other sterling achievements of the ruling party would stir them to victory in the next general election in 2023.

    He made this known when he appeared as a guest on Thursday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.


    The ICIR conducted a review of the recent weekly update of data of Nigeria security situation by Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) of 4 consecutive weeks, October 20 to November 20, 2020.

    Analysing the 4 reports ( week 1, 2, 3, and 4), 620 people were killed in 34 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as a result of various forms of violence across the country.

    The reports gathered that a total of 293 were civilians, 64 security operatives, two were political actors and 20-year-old Pelumi Onifade, a journalist, was killed in custody by men of the Nigerian police. Other casualties included 128 Boko Haram members, 124 armed persons, eight robbers, two sectarian actors (2), and a kidnapper.

    The highest death tolls were recorded in Borno (163), Katsina (72), Lagos (68), and Kaduna (64). They were followed by Zamfara (34), Edo (26), Cross River (18), Delta (15), Plateau (14), Yobe (12).

    NST advanced that the bulk of deaths recorded in Lagos were as a result of the extrajudicial killings of peaceful protesters by men of the Nigerian Army and sponsored thugs during the height of the protest against police brutality in the state. 

    In October, Nigerian youths across the country staged a renewed national protest against police brutality, especially the notoriety of the special anti-robbery squad, one of the tactical units of the Nigerian police force. The protest signalled the zero confidence Nigerians have in the country’s police force which is known for extortion, extra-judicial killings, and gross violation of human rights.

    The peaceful protest, however, turned bloody when Nigerian security forces, including soldiers, opened fire on hundreds of protesters in Lagos.

    On kidnapping, the data revealed that in the same months under review,  a total of 224 people were kidnapped across 18 states.

    The acts took place in Katsina (38), Nasarawa (30), Kaduna (27), Zamfara (23), and Edo (23). Following closely were Ondo with 29 cases, Niger (14), Borno (9), Benue (5), Cross River (5), and Delta (5). 

    In addition, the northwestern part of the country is currently a hotbed for banditry and kidnapping activities. 

    Data from Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) also revealed that about 21 million people living in these states have been exposed to insecurity from activities of bandits. Banditry violence began as a farmer/herder conflict in 2011 and intensified between 2017 to 2018 to include cattle rustling, kidnapping for ransom, sexual violence and killings.

    The violence has affected about 35 out of 92 local government areas in the 4 states. The discovery of gold mines and the activities of illegal miners competing for the control of gold reserves have served to further intensify the existence and activities of armed groups in the northwest. By March 2020, more than 210,000 people have been internally displaced. More than 35,000 refugees have crossed communal borders to Maradi in the Niger Republic by the beginning of March 2020.

    Similarly, Nigeria retained its seat as the third country with the worst impact of terrorism for six consecutive times globally, the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report stated. Even though terror-related deaths declined to 1,245 in 2019, Boko Haram recorded an increase in their activities targeted at civilians.  

    Terror-related deaths and incidents attributed to Boko Haram in Nigeria increased by 25 and 30 percent respectively from the prior year. Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019.

    An attack on Rann, Borno, on January 28, 2019, by Boko Haram terrorists which left at least 60 people flowing in the pool of their blood while dozens were reported missing in the attack made one of the worst attacks in 2019.

    The group was also responsible for Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist attack in 2019 when assailants attacked a funeral in Badu, Borno State. At least 70 people were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack and ensuing clash.

    According to the report, Fulani extremists were responsible for 26 percent of terror-related deaths in Nigeria at 325 fatalities. The majority of terrorist activity related to Fulani extremists occurred in the states of Kaduna, Plateau and Benue. Of the 111 attacks attributed to Fulani extremists, over 59 were armed assaults.

    In its latest tragic strike, Boko Haram at least beheaded 110 farmers who were working on their rice fields in Zabarmari, Maiduguri. It was gathered that the farmers were tied up and had their throats slit by the Assailants, making murder the most “insane” attacks on civilians this year.

    This came a month after Boko Haram militants slaughtered 22 farmers working on their irrigation fields near Maiduguri, in two separate attacks. 

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2020 Fellowship partnership with The ICIR to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Yahaya Bello Did NOT Test Positive with COVID-19

    A blog site claimed Yahaya Bello tested positive with COVID-19.

    There are no reports by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control to corroborate the claim. Not to mention, Yahaya Bello, himself released a video debunking the claim. Moreover, the report format lacks credibility with no discernable details or source present.

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    This news blog published on its site that Yahaya Bello the Governor of Kogi state has tested positive to Covid-19, basing its assertions on the fact that he came in contact with Abba Kyari the president’s chief of staff who tested positive of late.


    Firstly, our initial point of reference was the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. And, just like they are yet to confirm a COVID-19 positive from Nigerian senators, the same goes for the incumbent Governor of Kogi state. 

    Meanwhile, images in circulation show the Kogi state governor with Abba Kyari. We surmise this may have inadvertently triggered this publication by News Report Nigeria. We recall reports recently confirmed Abba Kyari as positive with COVID-19.

    Furthermore, customary to some undependable news sites, proper evidential reporting remains absent; with this news site as another example. Matter of fact, we have come across more claims like this in the near past. These clickbait sites essentially make bold headlines and leave the signature “more details” in the body.  

    There has been no report by NCDC or the Kogi state government on the status of the governor. Yahaya Bello, himself, also released a video via politicnigeria.com debunking the misinformation that he tested positive with COVID-19.

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