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Top ten political claims we fact-checked in 2022

The upcoming 2023 general elections have increased the rate of information disorder in Nigeria. Politicians and even citizens (with or without a motive) continue to put out information related to politics, especially on social media.

Below is a pick of ten politics-related claims DUBAWA fact-checked in 2022.

  1. Is Lagos the largest economy in Africa? Fact-checking Tinubu’s claims on governorship term

In an interview with Daily Trust, the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, claimed that Lagos State is the largest economy in Africa. Although Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, no statistics point to Lagos as the largest economy in Africa. Read here.

A Lagos-based market. Photo: naija247news.com.
  1. Did Lai Mohammed say fuel price was increased to reduce traffic and accidents?

In a statement on social media, a claim that the Nigerian government has increased fuel prices to reduce traffic and accidents was attached to Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information. We found this false as there was no evidence that this came from the minister. Read here.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. Photo: Daily Trust.
  1. Did Buhari promise not to embark on medical trips as president?

Earlier in the year, a claim in a WhatsApp message stated that the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, said he would not embark on foreign medical trips. But findings revealed this claim to be false as Mr Buhari never said he would not embark on foreign medical journeys. Read here.

President Muhammadu Buhari embarking on a medical trip to the UK. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.
  1. Viral video claiming Donald Trump named corrupt Nigerian politicians false

Recently, a clip made the rounds on social media, particularly on the WhatsApp messaging app, claiming that the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, has released names of corrupt Nigerian politicians. Conversely, DUBAWA found this false as no evidence supports the assertion. Read here.

Former president of the United States, Donald Trump. Photo: britannica.com
  1. Property in UAE not owned by Atiku, as suggested in the viral video

In a viral video, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was described as the owner of a skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates. However, our findings revealed this to be false. Read here.

Image showing the capital of UAE. Photo: arabianbusiness.com
  1. Steve Harvey is not in Nigeria to campaign for Peter Obi

In a viral Facebook post, popular American TV Host Steve Harvey was claimed to have travelled to Nigeria to support Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party. But our findings revealed this as false. Read here.

American TV Host Steve Harvey. Photo: abc.com
  1. Tweet claiming Atiku gave Oyedepo $10m false

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, shared the screenshot supposed to have been tweeted by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The tweet quoted Atiku saying he gifted $10 million to Bishop David Oyedepo after the cleric prayed for him. Conversely, our fact-check linked this tweet to a parody account that has been suspended since 2019. Read here.

Atiku Abubakar shaking hands with Bishop David Oyedepo. Photo: @atiku (Mr Abubakar’s Twitter handle).
  1. No evidence man standing on the Nigerian flag in the viral photo is Peter Obi’s son

In July, social media was awash with a man’s photo in Biafran apparel and standing on Nigeria’s flag with a claim that he was the son of Peter Obi, a frontline presidential candidate in Nigeria. Contrarily, our fact-check revealed that the picture is unrelated to Mr Obi’s son and is, therefore, false. Read here.

  1. Buhari’s figure on Nigeria’s vaccination rate inaccurate

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari said that 38.7 million, representing 35 per cent of total eligible Nigerians targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, have been fully vaccinated against the virus. However, data from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) proved this false. Read here.

President Muhammadu Buhari.
  1. Misleading headline claims Omokri joined Tinubu’s supporters in London

In a video caption, a Nigerian newspaper subtly displayed Reno Omokri, Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan and also a staunch supporter of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as joining the supporters of Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in London. Meanwhile, we found this to have been used in a misleading context. Read here.

Reno Omokri. Photo: Daily Post.
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