In a barely audible 13-second video circulating on Facebook, Peter Obi appears to say he has pulled 439 million Nigerians out of poverty. Obi is the Labour Party candidate in Nigeria’s February 2023 presidential election.
We’ve found about a dozen Facebook posts of the video, which shows Obi addressing a gathering. All the captions accuse Obi of lying, or of quoting inaccurate statistics. Some are presented as fact-checks.
Nigeria’s entire population is estimated at about 200 million people.
Elections for the presidency and other top positions in Nigeria’s federal and state governments are set to kick off on 25 February.
But did Obi claim he lifted 439 million Nigerians out of poverty, and does the video show him making the claim?
Original video cut mid-sentence
The 13-second video was cut out of video of Obi’s speech during a more than one-hour interactive session with northern Nigerian leaders. It was organised by the Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria, in October 2022.
The video was cut to begin mid-sentence: “... and was able to pull 439 million people out of poverty. It was MDGs that India mainstreamed into their development agenda and pulled 269 million people out of poverty.”
China and India are – by far – the world’s most populous countries.
This is the sentence that was cut halfway in the 13-second video: “It was MDG that China mainstreamed into their development agenda and was able to pull 439 million people out of poverty.” The audio is of poor quality, so the “and” could be misheard as “I”.
Obi not did not say he pulled 439 million people out of poverty. He said China did.
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