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US debunks claim that Mike Pompeo refused to meet Nigeria’s Atiku

The United States government has debunked a post circulating on Facebook and Whatsapp that claims secretary of state Mike Pompeo refused to meet Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, when the Nigerian politician visited the US.

Nigeria held national elections on 23 February 2019 with Abubakar’s main rival Muhammadu Buhari declared the winner.

It was widely believed that corruption allegations prevented Abubakar from entering the US.

When he did travel there, his critics advanced theories about the trip. One said that Pompeo refused to meet Abubakar in the US, describing him as corrupt.



US embassy tweets ‘fake news’


The 4 February 2019 Facebook post by the page ISupportBuhari2019 has been shared over 4,500 times.

The post quotes Pompeo as saying:I personally refused to meet him or have anything to do with him (Atiku). I am really surprised that an individual indicted in the United States of America of huge corruption is being considered for Nigeria President and citizens are even supporting him.”     

The US Embassy in Nigeria debunked the post in a tweet on 21 February, describing it as “fake news”.

On 15 February Abubakar announced on Twitter that he spoke with Pompeo on the phone regarding the US commitment to free and fair elections in Nigeria. - Allwell Okpi (27/02/2019)




 

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