IN SHORT: Facebook accounts are sharing images with the claim they show Peter Obi and Nigerian president Bola Tinubu meeting at his residence at Aso Rock in the capital Abuja. But Obi is not in the original photo.
An image posted on Facebook appears to show a meeting between Nigeria’s president Bola Tinubu and Labour Party’s Peter Obi.
The caption of the 20 August 2023 post reads: “Finally, Peter Obi meets President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Aso Rock, Abuja.”
The same image has been posted here.
Africa Check previously exposed a manipulated image of the president’s son, Seyi Tinubu, meeting the former Anambra governor.
So what about this image showing the president and one of his challengers? We checked.
Original photo photoshopped
Africa Check compared these photos to the suspicious image circulating on social media. Tinubu is wearing the same clothes and the background is the same, but Dangote has been replaced with Obi in the digitally manipulated image, and a presidential portrait has also been edited into the background.
The original photo shows only Tinubu and Dangote, whereas an unidentified man has been added to the foreground of the image of Tinubu and Obi.
We also found the phrase “caveat lector” in the bottom left-hand corner of the suspicious image, a Latin phrase meaning “let the reader beware”.
This image does not show a meeting between Tinubu and Obi and should be ignored.
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