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FACT CHECK: This viral image of rice pyramid built with wood not recent

FACT CHECK: This viral image of rice pyramid built with wood not recent
January 18
20:00 2022

On Tuesday, the federal government said President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled one million bags of rice paddy stacked as pyramids in Abuja. According to Bashir Ahmad, presidential aide, it is the world’s largest rice pyramids, which is a collaboration of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN).

The bags of rice used to form the pyramids were reported to have been planted and harvested from states across the country under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).

The event also trended on social media with many users expressing diverse reactions to the launching of the rice pyramids. Some users also shared a photo of a rice pyramid with a wooden struct, claiming the government had deceived the citizens with fake rice pyramids.

This viral image of rice pyramid shared on social media is not recent

Samson Onyolu, a Twitter user, said the rice pyramids unveiled by the president was a massive plank with just a few bags of rice to cover the frame.


“There’s nothing like rice pyramid here. A massive plank pyramid frame build with little bags of rice to cover the frame work you people call rice pyramid? This govt & Co should stop deceiving the masses,” he said.

A Twitter user, @Tutsy22, posted the photo with the caption, “APC and Fake Rice Pyramid”. The tweet garnered more than 90 retweets and over 100 likes.

Another Twitter user, Joel Onwuchekwa, shared the photo with the caption, “This is the rice pyramid @MBuhari wants to flag off. What a shame really!”


A Facebook user, Marshal Sampson, also posted the photo with the caption, “See how they even waste our money on wood just to tell a lie about some fake rice pyramid as proof increased productivity”


TheCable used a reverse image search to verify the viral image and results showed it is not recent. It surfaced online in 2018.

In December 2017, it was reported that the Ogun state government launched a local brand of ofada rice tagged “Mission to Rebuild Ogun State” (MITROS). The launching ceremony was graced by several dignitaries.

Amosun inspecting the “rice pyramid”

A few days after, reports surfaced online alleging the then governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun, had displayed a fraudulent rice pyramid to deceive the public. The photo showing bags of rice arranged in a pyramid shape with support of wood trended on social media at the time.

The photo has been reshared on social media as the one unveiled by the federal government on Tuesday.


The viral image of a rice pyramid with a wooden structure is an old image from 2018.

Below are some of the images of the rice pyramids launched by Buhari on Tuesday.


This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.


  1. Uncle Sam
    Uncle Sam January 19, 13:25

    In this every one easily believes negative news as against truth becouse even the minds of such people perpetually think negative so they cannot see any good around them. They may all leave this world into a negative next world yet there is time for us to rewind our thoughts to enjoy positive thinking along with positive criticism

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  2. Fly
    Fly January 20, 14:31

    Well done, The Cable, for this job. You’ve added a little more integrity to your image.👍👍👍

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