Usman Bukar, a 41-year-old man from Kano State decided to defend his ‘brother’, President Muhammadu Buhari by slapping a taxi driver to coma in Asaba, Delta state, for spreading the rumour that Buhari is dead.
The incident which sent the taxi driver into deep unconsciousness took place at the Temple Clinic Junction, Asaba.
According to an eyewitness account of the story, Bukar suddenly attacked the driver who was seen visibly happy as he spread the ‘Buhari is dead’ rumour at a newspaper stand, popularly known as free readers association after he had read the news from a blog.
He reportedly said:
“The body of the President should be thrown into River-Niger for fish and other wild animals to do justice on him. He is very wicked.”
Bukar who was also part of the free readers’ association at the statement, got angry and gave him a hot slap which sent him out of this planet. The taxi driver was immediately taken to a nearby private hospital where he was revived.
The relatives of the driver were called afterward and when they came, they wanted to attack the man from Kano. However, the timely intervention of the Police averted the situation which would have given rise to massive bloodshed.
According to Vanguard, the spokesperson of Delta state police command, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim is receiving treatment while the alleged attacker had been arrested and detained for interrogation.
On Thursday, January 19th, President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja for the United Kingdom on a short leave as part of his annual vacation to return on February 6th.
By the weekend of the same week, the country was thrown into fear and confusion 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 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 the morning Monday of January 23, released some pictures of the President watching him (Adesina) as a guest on Channels TV on Sunday.
Though the presidency has severally denied the claims, millions of concerned Nigerians and people across the world have gone online to search answers for ‘Is Buhari dead?’ – a phrase that became the most searched item on Nigerian platforms last week.