“We have successfully fed 17.3 million children in their homes from 96 selected local government areas in Nigeria today the 14th of May 2020 and will continue with the program this weekend,” reads a quote in a graphic circulating on Facebook.
It has been posted several times on a nearly 700,000-member Facebook group created to provide information about N-Power. The scheme is one of the social investment programmes overseen by Farouq’s ministry, which is also in charge of the government’s Covid-19 relief.
The ministry’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme was launched on 14 May. But did Farouq say 17.3 million children had been fed on the same day?
On 16 May 2020, the ministry posted a screenshot of the quote on Twitter, stamped “FAKE NEWS”.
It tweeted, simply: “#FakeNews alert”. – Allwell Okpi
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