The Facebook post reads: “‘We have sent Money directly to Local Government Account this week. And if you like, Withdraw the Money and hand over to your Governor, You will give account of it properly at EFCC or Krikri Maximum Prison.’ – Buhari.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or EFCC is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes. The notorious Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is in Lagos state, in the southwest of the country.
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Understanding Nigeria’s local councils
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No official publication includes statement
There are no details in the Facebook post about when and where Buhari allegedly made the statement. This kind of lack of detail is often a warning sign that a claim made on social media may be false.
There have been no reports in the mainstream media of Buhari threatening local government heads with imprisonment, as would be expected if the claim was accurate.
The quote attributed to Buhari appears to have been fabricated.
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