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Fact Check On President Buhari's Aide's Claim On Atiku's Visit To The US by ignant: 8:39am On Jan 20, 2019
"A THREAD CDD Fact Check: How true is @MBuhari 's aide's tweet on @atiku 's trip to US On Friday, @Laurestar a social media aide to @MBuhari posted a tweet quoting US Department of African Affairs saying, @atiku , who was visiting the US after 12 years cannot be arrested."

"Because he was travelling under diplomatic cover. The Fact: The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact-checkers reviewed the tweet to ascertain the veracity of the quote attributed to the US Department of African Affairs. #FakeNews"

" Verdict: Therefore, the quote attributed to the so- called US Department for African Affairs is FALSE. The so-called Department for African Affairs does not exist and is unrecognized by the US constitution and therefore could not have made the comment attributed to it #FakeNews"

Source: Center for Democracy and Development West Africa https://mobile.twitter.com/CDDWestAfrica/status/1086881485276303362/photo/1

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Re: Fact Check On President Buhari's Aide's Claim On Atiku's Visit To The US by ignant: 8:39am On Jan 20, 2019
Nigerians are now the subject of unprecedented propaganda from their own government.

Lalasticlala, the article has been further expanded with full annotation.

CDD Fact-Check Report
FACT CHECK: How True is Buhari’s Aide’s Tweet on Atiku’s Trip to the US?

On Friday, Lauretta Onochie, a social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, posted a tweet quoting the US Department of African Affairs saying that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who was visiting the United States after 12 years cannot be arrested because he was travelling under diplomatic cover.

Abubakar, a former Vice President, who was named in a corruption investigation involving a former US congressman, William Jefferson and a bribery scandal involving technology company, Siemen, had not
travelled to the United States for 12 years until he did
on Thursday.

The question of whether Abubakar, who is the main opposition candidate, can travel to the US without being arrested or not, became a major election issue after the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) dared
him to travel to America to prove he has not been indicted for money laundering. Abubakar in return said he had applied to travel to the US but was not granted a visa.

On Friday pictures of Abubakar in company of the Senate President Bukola Saraki meeting with Nigerians and a US congressman, Chris Smith, flooded Nigerian
cyberspace. On Friday, Onochie posted a tweet saying: “This can’t be true! I know Atiku and Saraki are low
lives but this low? “We cannot apprehend Atiku NOW because of our diplomatic ties with Nigeria. He’s booked as an Office Aide to Nigeria’s Senate President” -US Department of African Affairs. “Atiku has let his followers down.” The tweet which is still on her timeline at the time of writing this report has so far generated 806 replies, 642 reweets and 863 likes.

The Fact
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact checkers reviewed the tweet to ascertain the veracity of the quote attributed to the US Department of African Affairs.

According to Article II, Section 2, of the US Constitution, the US Presidency is made up of the Office of the Vice President and 15 executive departments namely: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

The so-called US Department of African Affairs is not one of the departments recognised by the US constitution and therefore does not exist. However, there is a Bureau of African Affairs (AF) under
the Department of States, which is focused on the
development and management of U.S policies in Africa.
The Bureau’s job includes strengthening democratic
Institutions in Africa; supporting African economic
growth and development; advancing peace and security; and promoting opportunity and development.

The Bureau is not involved in law enforcement and is not known to have issued a statement in relation to suspected criminal case, which is the case with Abubarkar.

Also, a Google search of the quote attributed to the so-called Department of African Affairs and a perusal of the website of the Bureau for African Affairs did not yield any results or quote similar to the one tweeted by Onochie, which is an indication that it was made up and fake.

Verdict
Therefore, the quote attributed to the so-called US Department for African Affairs is FALSE . The so-called Department for African Affairs does not exist and is unrecognized by the US constitution and therefore could not have made the comment attributed
to it.

Beware of Fake News. Don’t Peddle it! Don’t Spread it! The fake news project of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent and non-partisan organization, is to counter electoral misinformation and promote peaceful elections in 2019.
Signed:
Idayat Hassan
Director
source: https://cddelibrary.org/cdd-fact-check-report-how-true-is-buharis-aides-tweet-on-atikus-trip-to-the-us/
Re: Fact Check On President Buhari's Aide's Claim On Atiku's Visit To The US by Born2Breed(f): 8:47am On Jan 20, 2019
ignant:
"A THREAD CDD Fact Check: How true is @MBuhari 's aide's tweet on @atiku 's trip to US On Friday, @Laurestar a social media aide to @MBuhari posted a tweet quoting US Department of African Affairs saying, @atiku , who was visiting the US after 12 years cannot be arrested."

"Because he was travelling under diplomatic cover. The Fact: The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) fact-checkers reviewed the tweet to ascertain the veracity of the quote attributed to the US Department of African Affairs. #FakeNews"

" Verdict: Therefore, the quote attributed to the so- called US Department for African Affairs is FALSE. The so-called Department for African Affairs does not exist and is unrecognized by the US constitution and therefore could not have made the comment attributed to it #FakeNews"

Source: Center for Democracy and Development West Africa https://mobile.twitter.com/CDDWestAfrica/status/1086881485276303362/photo/1

cc: lalasticlala

Lauretta is a drunkard and a pathetic liar. In her state of drunkenness expect any lies from her.

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Re: Fact Check On President Buhari's Aide's Claim On Atiku's Visit To The US by Mystick: 9:06am On Jan 20, 2019
Only zombies believed that.

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Re: Fact Check On President Buhari's Aide's Claim On Atiku's Visit To The US by ignant: 5:32pm On Jan 20, 2019
Lalasticlala, I feel like this revelation and fact Check should feature on the frontpage.

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