A Facebook page, IStandwithBuhari, apparently run by Buhari’s supporters, posted the video with a claim that, “Buhari’s Rice is now available in Saudi Arabia. CONGRATULATIONS NIGERIANS. #iStandWithBuhari”
The post was shared over 930 times within its first 9 hours and the video had been viewed over 10,000 times.
In the video, a female voice is heard interviewing the staff at a restaurant somewhere in Saudi Arabia. When she is told that one of the rice dishes on display is called Bukhari Rice, she quickly attributed it to President Buhari.
“That’s how much he [Buhari] is loved around the world. They even have a rice called ‘Buhari Rice’ in Saudi Arabia,” the voice said.
No connection between Ruz al Bukhari & Muhammadu Buhari
Though they sound alike, there is no connection between Bukhari Rice and Buhari.
An article about Bukhari Rice, published in September 2013 by a food blog, described it as a Saudi Arabian speciality, which is said to have an Afghani origin.
Another food blog says Bukhari Rice is popular tasty steamed rice, and “one of the most consumed dish[es] in Saudi Arabia.”
Bukhari Rice (or Buhari Rice) is not known in Nigeria [a country where citizen a known to be passionate about Jollof Rice] and there is no evidence President Buhari produces and exports rice. Allwell Okpi (12/03/2019)
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