Nigeria: Fact-Checking Buhari’s Democracy Day Claims About His Economic Achievements

Claims

Eight claims about current government achievements.

Source: Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (12 June 2020)

Verdict

A range of ratings from correct to misleading and unproven.

Buhari was correct that Nigeria saw 11 quarters of consecutive GDP growth since the second quarter of 2017, but it was harder to disentangle his comments on the country’s growth in 2020, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president’s claims that all economies across the world had suffered in the first three…

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