Hardship: Atiku Sharing N100k to Nigerians? Fact Emerges

Hardship: Atiku Sharing N100k to Nigerians? Fact Emerges

  • The assertion that Atiku Abubakar is conducting a N100k giveaway to alleviate the impact of hardship in the country has been proven to be false
  • The viral posts were neither shared on Atiku's verified social media pages nor reported by any credible media outlet
  • Also, the links shared with the post on social media lead to an engagement blog giving updates on opportunities in the US

Legit.ng journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

There is a Facebook post claiming that former vice president Atiku Abubakar is giving N100,000 (about US$66) in giveaways to Nigerians to curtail the hardship in the country.

The viral post linked to Atiku reads: "N100,000 to support you. Nigerians, I am always here for you. (Click below to apply)."

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Claim Atiku Abubakar doing give away fact-checked
Facts emerge on the claim that Atiku is doing a N100k giveaway Photo Credit: Atiku Abubakar
Source: Twitter

Who is Atiku Abubakar?

Atiku was the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, where he came second in the poll. He was the vice president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

The Facebook post has a graphic feature with the photo of Abubakar and a link to the registration page for the said giveaway.

The Facebook post was published here and here.

However, the post has undergone fact-checking by Africa Check, shedding light on whether the former vice president was indeed distributing N100,000 to Nigerians.

The verification was conducted through the website, offering clarity on the situation.

Is Atiku sharing N100k to Nigerians?

A link to the post led to a blog post giving updates on visa sponsorship opportunities in the United States.

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The post serves as a classic example of engagement bait, a common tactic on social media where users are prompted to like, comment, and share without any actual reward.

Such practices aim to boost the post's reach without delivering any genuine opportunities, as is the case with the purported giveaway in the United States.

Also, the post was poorly written, with several misspelt words, a red flag. If the former vice president had published the post or members of his team, it would have been error-free.

On Atiku's official X (formerly Twitter) page, there was no mention of any of the N100,000 cash giveaways to Nigerians.

Also, no credible media source reported the giveaway, indicating it lacked merit.

Atiku disowns Bwala

Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, warned the media and general public to desist from describing Daniel Bwala as his former aide.

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The former PDP presidential candidate maintained that Bwala was only a spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign organisation in the 2023 election.

A statement from Atiku's media office said Bwala's job as campaign spokesperson ended after the election, adding that the media should stop referring to him as his aide.

Source: Legit.ng

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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Legit.ng. Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: bada.yusuf.amoo@corp.legit.ng or call 08161717844

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