The presidency has debunk rumour trending on social media that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is holidaying abroad is dead.
The alleged report first broken by an alleged fake Metro (UK) site quoted the Nigerian mission in the country as confirming the president’s death.
The report claimed that Buhari visited the UK for medical check over an unknown disease adding that details of his death were still sketchy.
But in his reaction, Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesperson, said: Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesperson, said: “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.
“He is unlike a past President who was at Ota, with Chief Obasanjo and attending the Trump inauguration in D.C, being in two places at the same time!”
Shehu’s reaction is believed to be a mockery of the fake report on Friday, January 20 that former President Goodluck Jonathan was invited by the US for the inauguration of Donald Trump when, indeed, he was in Ogun state with his predecessor, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Nigerians have since yesterday condemned Deji Adeyanju, a spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for breaking the fake report on social media.
In his reaction, Femi Adeshina, one of Buhari’s aide also reportedly said he would only say best wishes to all who wish Buhari well while for those who carry evil rumours, may they receive grace to repent.
A check on the website that broke the report of the death of President Buhari shows several other stories in such manner.
A simple check of Alexa ranking shows that the site is number 702,853 in the world, therefore, it may not have been credible.