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.