FACT CHECK: Abike Dabiri’s Claims About Nigerians in Sudan

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has claimed that the wealthiest person in Sudan is a Nigerian. At the same time, she also stated that there are over three million Nigerians in the country.

The FACTS

Claim 1: Nigeria has over 3 million residents in Sudan there

In 2018, the Nigerian Ambassador to Sudan, Ambassador Ibrahim Bushra, in an interview with Daily Trust, stated that “over five million Sudanese of Nigerian origin in the Sudan”.

Verdict: Abike Dabiri’s claim is neither false nor true. She says, “We have well over 3 million residents there [in Sudan]. Even more“. Note the bolded words.

Hence it is safe to presume she only had the estimate at the time of tweeting and not the actual figure.

Claim 2: The richest person in Sudan is a Nigerian

Forbes, a reputable magazine that ranks celebrities’ net worth in its 2011 Billionaire List ranked Mo Ibrahim as the 692nd richest person in the world.

Meanwhile, a check by LanreNews on the latest article on Mo Ibrahim by Forbes revealed that Mo Ibrahim identified as British and not Sudanese.

However, he was born on May 3, 1946, in Sudan. He is the second of five children, four of whom were boys.

His family moved to Alexandria, Egypt when he was young, and his father, Fathi, was employed there by a cotton company, and his mother Aida was very keen that they all get a good education.

Ibrahim has a bachelor’s degree from Alexandria University in electrical engineering. He returned to Sudan and started working for the telephone company, Sudan Telecom.

Mo Ibrahim moved to England and earned a master’s degree from the University of Bradford in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham in Mobile Communications.

Forbes, in its 2023 Africa Richest People list, excluded Mo Ibrahim, noting, “Our list tracks the wealth of African billionaires who reside in Africa or have their primary business there, thus excluding Sudanese-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who is a U.K. citizen”.

Verdict

The authenticity of Abike Dabiri’s claim that the richest person in Sudan is Nigerian cannot be confirmed since she didn’t mention the individual. Likewise, Mo Ibrahim, according to Forbes, is not one of the richest persons in Africa as of 2023 since he identified as a British citizen.

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