Fact check: Did Obasanjo said COVID-19 case in Nigeria was false ?


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the first past president to send his condolence to the President  Major-General Muhammadu Buhari(Rtd) on the demise of his Chief of staff Abba Kyari via a letter. 

Obasanjo in his condolence letter addressed to Buhari on Saturday said Kyari’s death should be a solemn reminder to Nigerians that the fight against COVID-19 requires a collective effort.

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The letter is coming after news from different angles have emerged about the former president not accepting the virus exists in Nigeria.

The letter read, ” I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff, over Friday night, with great sadness, as he lost the battle against the dreadful killer disease, COVID-19.

“Abba Kyari’s death must be painful to you and to his family and friends, but you can all take solace in the fact that he died in harness, in the service of his country.

“His death must be a solemn reminder to all of us that COVID-19 requires all hands on deck soberly, cooperatively, humanly, humanely, justly, equitably, fairly, consolidatedly and comprehensively to be able to fight it successfully and to get all Nigerians back to good health and healthy economy.

“God will give you and Abba Kyari’s family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

According to exclusive 103, the former president sai, Davido lied to Nigerians, Chioma is in a private hotel in Dubai, she never had Coronavirus, it was a planned game for the world to believe Nigeria had coronavirus.

Meanwhile in an article published by 9jAVARIETY on March 4,2020 reads,”There is no coronavirus in Nigeria the minister of health cooks the story to defraud the government, I want to see the Italian man, I wan get the virus too. 

The picture above was used by Punch in March 5, 2019, clearing stating that the former president was not addressing COVID-19 as at that time.

The grammatical structure of the article suggests that the former President could not have written it.

The article format seems to be different from the normal letter the former president is known to write each time he address an issue.

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