People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chairman caretaker committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi on Tuesday accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as being responsible for the death rumour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Makarfi who revealed this while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna said some leaders of the party who are interested in contesting certain positions were responsible for the rumour.
“The APC should point its searchlight inward and investigate itself as to the source of the rumour. PDP has nothing to gain from anything; those who are peddling the rumour know themselves and they are in APC.
“Some of them are already positioning themselves for power in 2019. APC should investigate itself,”
The country was thrown into fear and confusion last weekend when report cropped up in a section of the media that the president has passed on in a German hospital at the age of 74.
The presidency, however, described the report as unfounded, saying the president who left the nation last Thursday for a routine check up was alive and enjoying his holiday.
To further confirm the report that the president was not dead, the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina on Monday morning released some pictures of the President watching him (Adesina) as a guest on Channels TV on Sunday and wrote:
“As he holidays in London, President Muhammadu Buhari keeps abreast with events at home. On Sunday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, was a guest of Channels Television. President Buhari also kept a date, January 22, 2017.”
In the pictures, Buhari was spotted donning a black kaftan and a black cap in a parlour while watching Adesina on Channels Television.
Former militant commander, Israel Akpodoro has called on Nigerians to stop wishing the President dead but to rather pray for him to recover and take care of the affairs of the nation. He added that it would be of no good to Nigerians to see the president dead and plunge the nation into mourning.
He also commended the president for acting swiftly by deploying soldiers to The Gambia to oust the sit-tight former President Yahya Jammeh, who refused to handover to elected President Adama Barrow, a development which would have led to bloodshed in the West African state.
Akpodoro, who is the national president of National Coalition of Ex- Niger Delta Agitators, also called on the Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop his continuous attack on the president, describing his action as unbecoming of a sitting executive in a Nigerian state.
Nigerians living in the United Kindom (UK) under the banner of the UK chapter of Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) have also condemned the death rumour of the president, describing it as the handiwork of corrupt and unpatriotic individuals.
The group in a message to journalists by its co-ordinator, Engr. Adekaa Onyilo said those behind the death rumour do not mean well for Nigeria as a country that is trying to overcome long years of strangulation imposed by their benefactors.