On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact-checkers spotted a picture of President Muhammadu Buhari sitting with six people in a room.
The viral photograph shared on Facebook claims the President met with five Local Government Area chairmen of Jibia, Safana, Faskari, Danmusa and Sabuwa all in Katsina state over insecurity issues.
The picture with the Hausa caption created the impression that President Buhari discussed banditry and growing insecurity in his home state.
An investigation conducted by CDD fact-checkers shows that contrary to the claim widely shared on Facebook, those in the picture were not chairmen of Sabuwa, Safana, Batsari, Faskari and Danmusa LGAs of Katsina State.
The other men in the picture are African leaders who met with President Buhari during his visit to Mali on Tuesday, July 23, 2020.
The Africa leaders in the picture are President Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and President Ibrahim Keita of Mali.
Others are President Machy Sall of Senegal; Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana; Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire and the ECOWAS Special Envoy, former President Goodluck Jonathan.
CDD fact-checks also show that the African leaders met with President Buhari as part of the intervention to resolve the political crisis in Mali.
The picture circulating on Facebook claiming President Buhari had a meeting with five LGA chairmen in Katsina over insecurity is false.
The people in the picture taken on Tuesday, July 23, 2020, are African leaders who met with the President during his visit to Mali.
CDD urges members of the public to disregard the picture and stop sharing it.
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