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01.12.2023 Fact-Check FACT-CHECK: Did FG Ban ‘Ghana Must Go’ Bags in All Airports?

Published 1st Dec, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

In the morning of Friday, ‘Ghana Must Go’ began trending on social media as several media platforms reported that baggages which went by that name were no longer welcome in Nigerian airports.

The ‘Ghana Must Go’ bags are popular in Nigeria, and can be found across the country, so it became news when media outlets reported that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had banned them.

These reports claimed that FAAN’s reason was that the bags had a “way of causing serious breakdowns of the conveyor belt system”.

CLAIM: FAAN banned ‘Ghana Must Go’ bags in all Nigerian airports.


Claim by blog and seen by over 300,000 people
Claim by blog and seen by over 300,000 people
Claim published by media platform
Claim published by media platform

VERIFICATION: FIJ checked to find the original statement announcing the ban but found a disclaimer on FAAN’s social media handle on X (formerly Twitter).

The government agency denied issuing the directive, saying the ban was announced by Ethiopian Airlines and it was only restricted to their own flights.

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FAAN’s tweet on Friday afternoon read, “Kindly note that Ethiopian Airlines issued a prohibition of the use of Ghana Must Go on their flight, and not FAAN. Thank you.”

FAAN also attached an image format of the original statement issued by the airline.

Ethiopian Airlines statement published by FAAN
Ethiopian Airlines statement published by FAAN

CONCLUSION: FAAN did not ban the use of ‘Ghana Must Go’ bags in Nigerian airports. The claim that they did so is false.

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Published 1st Dec, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

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