The tweet shows a photo of Sadiya Farouq, Nigeria’s minister of humanitarian affairs.
But Owoh, popularly known as Osuofia, commented: “I doubt if she really said this. I doubt.” This led to a debate about the veracity of the newspaper’s report.
Did the minister really say that?
Widely reported press release
We traced the story to a press release by Halima Oyelade, the minister’s special assistant on strategic communication, which was tweeted on the ministry’s Twitter account and reported by several newspapers, including Daily Trust.
The 3 August 2020 press release was meant to refute rumours that the ministry had spent just N13 billion on its school feeding programme.
— Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (@FMHDSD) August 4, 2020
The press release explained that the programme was modified to feed school children at home, and from 14 May to 6 July, 124,589 households were given tokens worth N4,200 each, with a total value of N523 million. – Allwell Okpi
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