There have been multiple reports share on social media (SEE REPORT) claiming Nigeria ’s government has pledged $600 million to the campaign of US presidential candidate Joe Biden because incumbent Donald Trump had supported a separatist group in the west African country. This allegations remain false.
There is no evidence that Nigeria has vowed to fund Biden, an act prohibited by US law. Similarly, the claim that Trump had backed a separatist group in Nigeria is baseless.
It also alleges that Lai Mohammed made the remarks at an event in the capital city Abuja where he purportedly urged “NIGERIA media to start from the first week of October to campaign for Joe Biden.”
However, Foreign affairs ministry spokesman Ferdinand Nwoye told AFP Fact Check there was no government plan to back Biden. “To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing like that,” he said.
There is also no public evidence that Mohammed, the minister of information, made the statements in Abuja.
Taiwo George, who edits Nigerian online newspaper, TheCable, called the report “fake news”.
“It’s less than a month until the US presidential election and fake news about the election is booming. People should not just jump at anything they see on social media,” he said.
This type of misinformation is common in Nigeria in the lead-up to US elections. It’s indeed an act of the mischeive makers who attempt to bring down the government.
Recall in 2006, some posts were circulated claiming that Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari donated $500 million to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Local media in Nigeria fact-checked the claim and found it to be false.
FACT: According to the US Federal Election Commission, FEC, foreign governments are not allowed to donate to any candidate in any elections.
“Foreign nationals are prohibited from making contributions, donations or expenditures in connection with any election — federal, state or local. Also, foreign nationals may not donate to any party committee building fund or fund electioneering communications,” the commission’s website reads.