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Muddy road to counter Nigerian minister’s claim? Photo not from Nigeria

In early November 2019, Nigeria’s works and housing minister Babatunde Fashola faced criticism after he was quoted as saying the roads in the country were “not as bad as they are often portrayed”. 

Nigerians then took to Facebook and Twitter to share dozens of photos of roads in a poor state, to counter the minister’s claim. 

One Facebook post dated 10 November shows a group of people trying to push a yellow bus out of a deep rut in a muddy road. “Alliance Voyages” is written on the front of the bus.

“Recently, Babatunde Raji Fashola said that Nigerian roads are not all that bad as it is been portrayed by Nigerians. Now can someone share these till it gets to him?” the post reads.  

Alliance Voyages from Cameroon

A Google reverse image search of the photo led us to a June 2018 Facebook post. Here the scene is identified as the road between Yokadouma and Bertoua in eastern Cameroon.

The post also mentions Boumba and Ngoko as well as Moloudou, all in Cameroon’s eastern province, indicating they were areas affected by the bad road. 

And Alliance Voyages – French for Travel Alliance – is a mass transport company in Cameroon. It is not known in Nigeria. – Allwell Okpi


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