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No! There are museums in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

A former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Shehu Sani has claimed that there are no museums in Nigeria’s Federal Capital City.

Taking to his X page on the 4th of March 2024, the former federal lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that even though the Nigerian president could visit a Museum in Qatar, there’s no museum for foreigners to visit in Abuja, the country’s Federal Capital Territory.

The post reads, “I saw the President in the Qatar Museum. If the Emir of Qatar visits Abuja, there is no Museum to take him to. Budget after budget, Nigeria is the only country in the World without a Museum in its capital city. Right now, since the termination of the former DG of the National Museum, the new one is yet to take over.”

This is coming as a reaction to the Nigerian president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s visit to Qatar and a visit to the country’s National Museum, with the Qatari government officials.

Between the 2nd-3rd of March, President Tinubu made a two-day working trip to Qatar, where he was taken to the country’s National Museum alongside the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The visit to Qatar witnessed the signing of seven landmark agreements between both nations after closed-door talks at the Presidential Palace in Doha.

Shehu Sani’s post has generated over 328,000 views, over 2500 likes, and 436 reposts.

Claim

Nigeria is the only country without a museum in its capital city.

Rating Justification

iVerify Nigeria checked this claim and found it to be Misleading.

Checks by iVerify Nigeria show that Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria houses museums that serve as a point of attraction for tourists within and outside Nigeria.

An internet search revealed that Abuja also hosts the ‘Discovery Museum’, a museum that is regarded as the first digital museum in Nigeria. The Discovery Museum represents a synchronization of art, technology, and history.

Discovery Museum aims to spark innovation and foster a digital community of artists, storytellers, and techies by promoting innovative methods of curation, commissions, and acquisitions of residencies.

Another museum is the Thought Pyramid Art Centre located at Wuse, Abuja. This museum is said to be dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art and culture in Nigeria.

CONCLUSION

Claim by former federal lawmaker Shehu Sani that there is no museum in Nigeria’s capital city is misleading, as findings by iVerify Nigeria show that the capital city hosts some museums, though not owned by the Federal Government and not designated National Museum.