On Tuesday, October 23, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a trending report claiming that an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr. Abdallah Usman Gadon Kaya, had nominated the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, as a viable presidential candidate for 2023.
The story published numerous platforms – Muryar Yanci, Rariya and Katsina Online – and broadcast by online television Dokin Karfe TV said that the cleric had described Professor Zulum as the qualified candidate for presidency in the 2023 general election.
At the time of writing this fact check, 5,300 people have liked the posts, 280 people have commented while 631 others have shared the story on Muryar Yanci.
Checks by CDD found the claim to be false. Sheikh Kaya never declared the Borno State Governor as the qualified candidate for the 2023 Presidential election.
When contacted, Sheikh Kaya told CDD that he has received reports of the story and it is nothing but selfish work of social media champions.
He said: “The claim is totally untrue, I didn’t say that. Of all the platforms that published the story none of them called to ask anything from me, they only published their false stories”.
“I am not a politician and have no stake in recommending who becomes the President, I am a cleric who preaches”.
“They used a tape in which I talked about security situation in the country and commended the Governor for being close and receptive to his people’s concerns but have not mentioned him being President in 2023”.
The story widely circulating on various media platforms that Sheikh Kaya nominated Governor Zulum for 2023 presidential ticket is false.
The cleric did not said that. The reports published show that the Sheikh was misquoted in an audio recorded lecture he delivered on security situation of the country.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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