Did Buhari make a Statement Suggesting he will not Support a Yoruba Presidency come 2023?
Verdict: UNSUBSTANTIATED RUMOUR
A blog, thewatchngr on the 15th of March, reported that President Mohammadu Buhari revealed that he would not support a Yoruba person to succeed him in 2023. According to the post which has gone viral, Mr Buhari said that he won the recently concluded election by the grace of God and not because of the support he got from the South West region that is predominantly Yoruba. The blog also alleged that the President claimed that the Yoruba’s lack the capacity to lead the country. The publication did not, however, state where the president made the statement.
CDD fact-checkers checked all the President’ official communication channels as well as the social media handles of the president media aides and could not find the so-called statement attributed to the President.
For, instance, our analyses of the president’s Twitter handle, @MBuhari, which publishes all his public statements, showed that since March 14, the handle posted twice. The first is commiseration with the families of those who lost their lives to a tanker accident in Onitsha, Anambra State.
On March 19, the president also announced that he has set up a committee, headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, review the level of implementation of the of his administration’s policies, programmes and projects.
We also noticed that no credible news organisation had reported the anti-Yoruba statement attributed to the President by Mr Buhari.
Another pointer that alleged claim may be fake was that the report on The Watch was replete with grammatical errors, which suggested that non-professionals operated the site.
CDD reached out to the spokesperson of the president, Garba Shehu; he did not answer calls made to his mobile phone neither has he replied an SMS we sent asking him to confirm or deny the allegation.