A tweet with three photos suggests Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Sokoto, capital of Sokoto state in the far northwest, on 27 January 2022 was to show support for Bola Tinubu, the national leader of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC).
“PMB in Sokoto today!” the tweet reads.
Several political parties and politicians have already begun campaigning for the elections, but are the photos authentic? We checked.
Photos from 2018, two altered
Using Google reverse image search, we discovered that the first photo is not recent. The earliest online version we could find is from a 9 April 2018 article in the Sun, headlined: “Presidency says it has not approved $1 billion for military equipment.”
Wamakko tweeted one of the photos on the day. No election posters can be seen – they have been added to the images in the 2021 tweet.
Senator Wamakko in a mega rally in sokoto. pic.twitter.com/EPX0hxZXFm— Senator A.M. Wamakko (@WamakkoAliyu) August 4, 2018
At the time, the Cable news website published several photos of the Wamakko’s visit – under the headline “Massive crowd as Wamakko tests APC’s popularity in Sokoto” – and other photos circulated widely on Twitter. Again, there are no election posters in the photos.
All three photos date back to 2018, and two have been photoshopped.
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