DEATH RUMOUR – The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described the unending rumour going rounding of the death of President Muhammadu Buhari as “silly” and “uncharitable”.
Lai Mohammed who issued a statement, urging Nigerians to disregard the subversive messages orchestrated by those who feel threatened by the emerging order, adding that it is only in Nigeria that citizens wake up in the morning to wish their president dead.
“It’s only in this part of the world that you wake up in the morning and you say the president of the country is dead. I will not join that kind of debate at all.
“I don’t want to lend my voice to a very silly thing. I will not join this debate. I think there are more serious issues of state to discuss than this issue. Naysayers have also resorted to the use of ethnicity and religion as tools to divide Nigerians, overheat the polity and cause panic among the citizenry, in addition to using fake news and disinformation to distort government activities.”
He added that the source or sources of the fabricated messages are already being investigated and the authors should prepare to face the consequences of their actions.
Last weekend, the country was thrown into fear and confusion when report cropped up in some sections 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.
Meanwhile, the chairman caretaker committee of the PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makar on Tuesday accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) being responsible the death rumour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Makar 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 death rumour.
He had said the ruling party should point its searchlight inward and investigate itself as to the source of the rumour. He maintained that his party, the PDP, had nothing to gain from the president’s death or peddling rumours about it. He added that most APC politicians were already setting themselves up for the elections in 2019 and so they should investigate themselves.
Former chairman of the PDP board of trustee, Tony Anenih, has also condemned the death rumour. He said:
“This attitude of doing false reports about the death of our leaders has become characteristic in the media and it is not good. I was a victim of this in May last year when I was reported to have died in a London hospital.
“Former President Ibrahim Babangida was also a victim of such sinister rumoured death last year. I wonder what those behind the false and mischievous reports intended to gain from them.
“Fabricating such negative and false reports of death about fellow human beings is wicked and ungodly. It is clearly against Biblical admonition that we should pray for leaders and people in authority.
“At this time of economic recession, rather than wish President Buhari dead, Nigerians should fervently pray for him to enjoy good health to be able to take the country out of the woods.
“The masterminds of these false reports should desist from such despicable act that only portrays them as inhuman. They should fear God, ask for His mercy and forgiveness so that they do not invite the wrath of God upon their heads.”