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Obasanjo did not say there will be a second war in Nigeria

The headline of an article on the Biafra Star website claims Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo has suggested Nigeria is set to slide into a second civil war.

Mark my word; There’ll be Another Second War in Nigeria very Soon — Obasanjo” it reads. The article and headline have been shared several times on Facebook.

But the headline’s warning isn’t anywhere in the 10-paragraph article. The text quotes Obasanjo extensively, but contains no reference to an impending war in Nigeria. 

Headline does not match article

Obasanjo was Nigeria’s military ruler from 1976 to 1979 and its president from 1999 to 2007. In 1967 the southeast region of Biafra declared its independence from Nigeria, sparking a civil war that lasted until 1970.

The Biafra Star article is attributed to a Premium Times interview with Obasanjo. In the interview he criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and said it was driving the “country towards disaster and instability and unsustainability”. 

He spoke of a lack of confidence in Nigeria’s economy and discussed Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign. But he said nothing about war.

The word “war” is not mentioned in the Premium Times interview, nor in the text of  the Biafra Star version of it.

The headline is therefore misleading. It does not match the content of the article. - Jennifer Ojugbeli 


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