Nigeria’s first credible opposition party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – has positioned itself as the face of change ahead of the March 28 presidential election. Is its vague rhetoric based on evidence? In the second of two pre-election reports, Africa Check investigates.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has ruled for 16 years since Nigeria returned from military to civilian rule. Has it set the country on a path to progress, as it claims?
A small group of Nigerian women armed with AK-47s save their town and their school from Boko Haram militants. It is a story that has captured imaginations on social media. But the story is a hoax.
From the Boko Haram insurgency and the nightmare of Ebola, to quack cures and dodgy data, Africa Check fact-checked dozens of claims in several African countries this year.
A Nigerian nutritionist claimed that eating suya – a kind of Nigerian kebab – is strongly linked to cancer, and that adding vegetables reduces that risk. But Africa Check found little evidence to support his claim.
Nigeria’s president has claimed that “motorable” roads have increased five-fold since 2010. There is little evidence to support his claim.
A Nigerian professor has claimed that eye drops made from an extract of the bitter kola tree can treat glaucoma. The evidence is questionable.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has claimed that more than 13,000 people have been killed in the Boko Haram insurgency. The claim is broadly correct.
President Goodluck Jonathan recently downplayed Nigeria’s corruption problems, saying that most of what is referred to as corruption is no more than ‘common stealing’. His claim is wrong.