A Facebook post claims to quote Nigeria’s former vice president Atiku Abubakar saying he loves the Nigerian masses more than his own children.
The quote in Hausa reads: “Nafi Son Talakawan Nigeria Fiye Da Yayan Da Na Haifa.” This means “I love the Nigerian masses more than my own children”.
Did Abubakar say this in any of his recent public speeches?
No evidence of the statement online
The post gives no details, such as where or when Abubakar supposedly made the statement.
We searched online using key phrases on Google and did not find the quote in any credible media reports or Abubakar’s speeches.
The Nigerian media has reported most of Abubakar’s public activities and speeches since he was expected to and announced his decision to run for president in 2023.
Abubakar made many public speeches in February and March 2022, but we found no evidence of him saying he loves the Nigerian masses more than his own children.