Back to Africa Check

No, Nigerian presidential candidate Tinubu didn’t say he would hand power over to ‘an Igbo’

A Facebook post claims that Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2023 elections, said he would hand over power to an Igbo man after an eight-year term as president.

“I will hand over to an Igbo man after my eight years rule,” the post quotes Tinubu as saying.

Tinubu, who was the governor of Lagos state from 1999 to 2007, won the APC’s presidential primary election. He will fly the party’s flag in 2023.

The Igbo live primarily in southern Nigeria. Since the return to democracy in 1999 the community has yet to ascend to the country’s presidency.

The post has been shared more than 800 times and has had 12,000 comments.

Its claim was also repeated in posts on several other Facebook pages: here and here.

Did Tinubu say he would hand over power to an Igbo man after being Nigeria’s president for eight years?

TinubuQuote_False

‘No, he did not say so’

The post does not provide details on where or when Tinubu made the comment.

Our research also revealed that the statement has not appeared in any recent reports by credible media organisations.

Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s media aide, told Africa Check that the politician did not make the remark.

“No, he did not say so,” Rahman told Africa Check.

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.