(Last Updated On: May 15, 2017)


By Gbenga Gbelee

The Presidency has called on Nigerians to disregard in its entirety, the series of rumours

trailing the current health status of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This followed fresh rumours that President Muhammadu Buhari is now on life support or

may even be dead.

Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, in a series

of tweets, told Nigerians to disregard the rumours in its totality described it as plain lies

spread by vested interests to create panic.

Social media has been awash with different rumour about President Buhari’s health. While

one of the rumours claimed that the President is now on life support in London where he has

gone to receive medical treatment, another said the president may even have died.

But in a swift reaction,the presidential aide rebuffed the claims and insisted that nothing

unpleasant has happened to the president.

He said, “Baseless rumours are trending again that an unpleasant thing has happened to our

beloved President Muhammadu Buhari. If you have received this information on WhatsApp

or Facebook, disregard it because it is plain lies spread by vested interests to create panic.

“Nothing unpleasant has happened to the President. No cause for apprehension. Thanks for

the many calls.”

One of the rumours making round and credited to a prominent foreign media states:

“Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari finally goes home; body to be flown back to Abuja


“Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been confirmed dead in London where he was

receiving medical treatment.

“President Buhari flew to London from Abuja last Sunday for follow-up medical

consultations with his doctors where he unfortunately died. He had been to London twice

since last year for the same medical reason.

“Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to be sworn into office as the substantive

president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Government is yet to issue an official statement on the president’s demise. He was 74


Checks by news men showed that the website bearing the news is a clone of the foreign news

site and a fake.

Different rumours over President Buhari’s health including his death dominated social media

and national discuss the last time he spent 49 days in London on medical vacation. They all

turned out to be lies.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari returned to London on May 7, 2017

for further medical consultations shortly after meeting with the 82 Chibok girls who were

freed from the Boko Haram captive after over 3 years

According to presidential sources, the length of the President’s stay in London will be

determined by the doctors, saying that government will continue to function normally under

the able leadership of the Vice President.

“President Buhari has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of

Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution,” he added.