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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala In Fake News Mess


Former finance minister of Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was on Wednesday caught in the web of spreading fake news.

In a post on her Twitter handle, the former minister made a point about observing social distancing in food aid distribution in the COVID-19 era.

She cited a purported example from Rwanda and attached a photo (below) to drive home her point.

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“Responsible food distribution with social distancing to assist lower income households in the #COVID19 era! A great example from #Rwanda where community workers also distribute food and other necessities door-to-door @PaulKagame”, she tweeted.

But as it turned out, the photo was not on point.

The reference to Rwanda was also false.

The event and photo she cited happened in The Gambia in 2019 during the Ramadan.

”But unfortunately, the picture attached to your tweet is fake, didn’t happen in Rwanda, but Gambia, it happened in May, last year, during Ramadan”, wrote Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide.

Realising her error, Okonjo-Iweala later apologised.

She blamed a friend for making her commit the error.

“Thanks to those who have drawn my attention to the food distribution picture I tweeted earlier today. A friend sent it to me that it’s from Rwanda. Whether Gambia or Rwanda, the point I want us to focus on is that it is a safe way of handling food distribution”, she wrote.


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