By Daily Trust
On August 13, 2023, a 47-second video that circulated on the internet and was widely shared on WhatsApp suggested that the President of the United States of America (USA), Joe Biden, said, “Nigeria is the only country where a dead man has been ruling the country for six years without them knowing.”
The alleged video showed Sophie Raworth, a BBC broadcaster, reporting on a UK migrant scheme in Rwanda before switching to Biden, who was seen saying that Nigeria had been ruled by a dead man for six years. This is not the first time a claim has been made about the death of Nigeria’s former president.
It is worthy of note that the last sitting president that died while in office was Umaru Yaradua. He died on May 5, 2010 and his deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, who was the acting president, was immediately sworn-in as the president.
CDD fact checkers examined the video using Google Reverse Image Search, and the results revealed that the video of Biden is a deep fake. Additional examinations revealed a change in contrast and a jump cut in the video. In an extended version of the purported news report, the BBC broadcaster Raworth was seen reporting on other issues, but nothing about Nigeria’s former president was mentioned.
Based on our investigation using digital tools and based on available information, we can confirm that the video circulating on WhatsApp claiming Biden said Nigeria was ruled by a dead man for six years is false.