President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokespersons yesterday night described as “evil rumours” social media reports about the president’s health condition and possible death.
Premium Times, an online medium, stated in a report that in their separate posts, published on their Twitter handles, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, dismissed the reports as false and clear case of mischief.
Adesina said: “Best wishes to all who wish PMB well. As for those who carry evil rumours, may they receive grace to repent.”
Shehu also dismissed the rumour that President Buhari was dead as was being speculated by mischief-makers. He also described as false and untrue the report that the president was flown to Germany. “He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” Shehu said.
President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja for the United Kingdom on Thursday for his annual vacation.
Prior to Buhari’s departure for the trip, Adesina had told the media on Thursday: “During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups. He is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.”
He said that in line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President of the Senate, and Speaker, House of Representatives, had been duly communicated. “While away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President,” Adesina said.