FACT CHECK: Did US President Biden Confirm That the Real Buhari Died 6 Years Ago? Truth Emerges
The truth about a viral video that claimed US President Joe Biden said Nigeria’s former leader was a dead man has surfaced
Fact-checkers have described the news item, shared majorly on social media, especially WhatsApp, as fake
Based on the report made available, it was concluded that Biden did not make such a statement, and the BBC did not carry such a report
Nigeria – Fresh fact has emerged regarding the viral video and claims of Nigeria being ruled by a dead man and that the country’s leader died some years ago.
A forty-seven-second video that made the rounds on the internet but shared mainly on WhatsApp, suggested that the President of the United States of America (USA), Joe Biden, confirmed that former President Muhammadu Buhari died six years ago.
The video purportedly showed Sophie Raworth broadcasting on BBC at six reporting on a UK migrant scheme in Rwanda, after which she switched to Biden allegedly saying that Nigeria was ruled by a dead man for six years.
According to the video, Biden said:
“Nigeria is the only country where a dead man has been ruling the country for six years without them knowing.”
Verdict: The video of Biden is fake
In a fresh verdict from a report by Daily Trust, the claims from the viral video are ‘false’.
In a bid to verify the video, fact-checkers at Daily Trust analysed it using the Google Reverse Image search. The outcome showed that the video of Biden is deeply fake.
Further checks revealed the change in the contrast and a jump cut in the video. In an extended version of the same news report, Raworth was seen reporting around other issues, but nothing came up about Nigeria or the former president.
According to the report by Daily Trust, it is safe to say that Biden did not confirm that Nigeria has been ruled by a dead man in six years, and the BBC did not carry such a report. Hence, the claim is false.