“Kano Youths On the Street Celebrating Buhari Banning Twitter Operations in Nigeria,” one post reads.
Another describes the photo as: “Kano Youths celebrating Tweeter ban yesterday at the State Capital, Protest led by the Senior Special Adviser to their Governor on Youth affairs and their Government House Islamic Imam.”
But does the photo show people in Kano celebrating the Twitter ban? We investigated.
Nationwide protests against removal of fuel subsidy
A reverse image search reveals that the photo is at least nine years old.
We found it in a January 2012 CNN report, headlined: “Nigerians protest end of fuel subsidy.”
Its caption reads: “Protesters took to the streets on Monday, January 9, in a nationwide strike against the Nigerian government’s decision to take away fuel subsidies”. It’s credited to Abba Hikima.
The caption doesn’t give the location, but the photo is years old and can’t show any reaction to the June 2021 Twitter ban.
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