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No, Nigerian government is not giving out N50,000 grants. Ignore posts encouraging you to apply ‘before it expires’

IN SHORT: The Nigerian government has introduced several measures to ease the burden on Nigerians, as the cost of living continues to rise. But don't be fooled, there is no “N50,000 grant” for individuals, as claimed on social media.

“Apply for the N50,000 Tinubu Grant Before it Expires This Weekend,” reads a Facebook post encouraging users to apply for the government grant. 

The post features a graphic with a photo of president Bola Tinubu and the text: “Have you collected your own N50,000? Raise your hands in the comment section.”

It also has a link to a website where interested users can supposedly apply. 

Similar posts can be found on Facebook here and here, and on X (formerly Twitter) here and here. (Note: See more instances listed at the end of this report.)

But is the Nigerian government giving out such a grant? We checked.

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Signs of a scam

In May 2023, Tinubu announced the removal of the oil subsidy, leading to an increase in food and fuel prices. Since then, the government has introduced several grants. The grants have benefited some sectors, students and millions of households across the country. 

But we have found no evidence that the N50,000 grant for individuals, as claimed by the post, exists.

We clicked on the link in the post and it led us to a website about US visas. The site makes no mention of the Nigerian government or the supposed grant. If the grant was legitimate, we would expect the post to link to a government website where users could get more information and apply.

This is an example of engagement bait – posts that ask people to interact by liking, commenting or sharing. The more people do this, the greater the Facebook page’s reach. This also drives traffic to the website about US visas.

The post’s poor writing is another sign that this is a scam. We would expect a message about any government programme to be well written.

To help protect yourself, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.

Similar posts can be found here, here and here.

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