FACT-CHECK: Femi Adesina Did Not Describe #EndSARS Protest by Young Nigerians As Child’s Play

CLAIM:

On Wednesday 14 October, 2020, the social media, especially micro-blogging site, Twitter, was filled with a claim that Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, had described the #EndSARS protest by Nigerian youths as police brutality and call for reform as a child’s play.

According to the 2 minutes 2seconds video being circulated online, Adesina, while speaking on a Channels Television interview said the protest by his estimation seems like a child’s play because protests by their very nature are spontaneous but this is “just a sprinkle of people trying to be funny”.

FACT:

Checks by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) show that the video currently being circulated online is not a new one and has nothing to do with the ongoing #EndSARS protest.

CDD’s checks also revealed that the interview on Channels Television is from the presidential spokesperson’s reaction on the #RevolutionNow protest which took place in major cities across Nigeria in August 2020.

Also, Adesina’s interview with Channels Television took place on August 6, 2020, during the heat of the #RevolutionNow protest.

Our checks also show that the video was edited to appear like the Presidential Spokesperson had appeared on the Channels Television Sunrise Daily on October 14, 2020.

CONCLUSION:

The video claiming that Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, described the #EndSARS protest as “child’s play” is false.

The video, from Adesina’s reaction on the #RevolutionNow protest on August 6, 2020, was doctored to look like it his reaction on the #EndSARS protest.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

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