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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala caught red-handed spreading fake news

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Former finance minister of Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was caught Wednesday spreading fake news.

In a post on Wednesday, Ngozi underscored a point about observing social distancing in food aid distribution in the COVID-19 era.

She cited a purported example from Rwanda and attached a photo to underscore her point.

“Responsible food distribution with social distancing to assist lower income households in the #COVID19 era! A great example from #Rwanda where community workers also distribute food and other necessities door-to-door @PaulKagame”, she tweeted.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
@NOIweala

Responsible food distribution with social distancing to assist lower income households in the era! A great example from where community workers also distribute food and other necessities door-to-door @PaulKagame

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But as it turned out, the photo was not on point.

The reference to Rwanda was also false.

The event and photo she cited happened in The Gambia in 2019 during the Ramadan.

” But unfortunately, the picture attached to your tweet is fake, didn’t happen in Rwanda, but Gambia, it happened in May, last year, during Ramadan”, wrote Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide.

Bashir Ahmad
@BashirAhmaad

Good afternoon Ma’am @NOIweala, it is very true that Rwanda, Nigeria and other African countries are really trying. But unfortunately, the picture attached to your tweet is fake, didn’t happen in Rwanda, but Gambia, it happened in May, last year, during Ramadan. ! ?? https://twitter.com/noiweala/status/1247854465702559745

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
@NOIweala

Responsible food distribution with social distancing to assist lower income households in the #COVID19 era! A great example from #Rwanda where community workers also distribute food and other necessities door-to-door @PaulKagame

View image on Twitter

Caught out and with eggs plastered on her face, Ngozi later apologised.

She blamed a friend for making her commit the error.

“Thanks to those who have drawn my attention to the food distribution picture I tweeted earlier today. A friend sent it to me that it’s from Rwanda. Whether Gambia or Rwanda, the point I want us to focus on is that it is a safe way of handling food distribution”, she wrote.

Bashir later tweeted another photograph of a better food distribution by Governor Umara Zulum of Borno State.

This happened in February this year..

Then, Zulum gave out cash and food to Nigerian refugees in Rann.

Bashir Ahmad
@BashirAhmaad

Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. ?? https://twitter.com/noiweala/status/1247953910146519042

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
@NOIweala

Thanks to those who have drawn my attention to the food distribution picture I tweeted earlier today. A friend sent it to me that it’s from Rwanda. Whether Gambia or Rwanda, the point I want us to focus on is that it is a safe way of handling food distribution.


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