Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says it is ridiculous that Nigerians believe the rumor that President Muhammadu Buhari had died and was cloned by somebody else from Sudan.
The former president said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a mentoring session with students of some selected schools across the country tagged “raising the next wave of innovative leaders through entrepreneurship.”
Obasanjo said the rumour became popular through the abuse of social media, expressing surprises that many Nigerians believed the lies.
The former President explained that he was approached by a very important person, who asked him about the truth about Buhari’s rumoured death.
According to him, the person told him that the information had gone viral on social media.
He wondered how Buhari could have died and be replaced with someone from Sudan without him knowing about it.
“Somebody came to me, a very high hub person, saying tell me about this talk of Buhari not being Buhari.
“I said ‘do you believe them?’ He said, ‘well, it is in the social media. I said ‘how will Buhari die and we will not know that Buhari has died and they will bring us, somebody, from Sudan to be Buhari?’
“It’s ridiculous to the extreme. But you have it in the social media and you see people believing it,” he said.
While accepting the fact that social media is good, Obasanjo, however, regretted that it is being abused.
He advocated teaching the youths and the children about the dangers inherent in abusing social media.
“Social media is good, but it can be abused. We have to train our youths and our children about the dangers of social media,” he said.
Source: Naija News