In the past two weeks, Nigerians have become more interested in the health and life of President Muhammadu Buhari, making ‘Is Buhari Dead?’ the most searched phrase in Nigerian internet space.
After the President departed Nigeria for the UK on Thursday, January 19, 2017, rumours started making rounds that he was dead. Meanwhile, the president only took a two-week vacation to London in order to rest and undergo medical check-ups.
The presidency had however, released statements to debunk the rumours, but so many Nigerians do not believe and keep searching the internet for answers, making the above mentioned the most searched phrase this week.
On Saturday, January 21, over 100,000 people searched ‘Is Buhari dead’ on Google and at least 5,000 people still search the subject daily.
While Buhari is away, Yemi Osinbajo met with a delegation from General Electric led by their CEO, Jeff Immelt.
To keep the affairs of the country running, the Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo is now the acting president of Nigeria, pending the arrival and resumption of President Buhari to office, which will be on February 6, 2017.
While the presidency has denied reports on Buhari’s death, Nigerians won’t back out until they see their president back in the country or watch a live stream from him addressing the citizens that he is fine.
Meanwhile, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chairman caretaker committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as being responsible for the death rumour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Makarfi, some APC leaders, who are interested in contesting certain positions were responsible for the rumour, and this has thrown the county into panic.
Over the weekend, reported suggested that the president passed on in a German hospital at the age of 74, as opposed to the presidency’s assurance that Buhari was alive and kicking.
The presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina had on Monday morning released some pictures of the President watching him (Adesina) as a guest on Channels TV on Sunday – a prove that he was alive.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed described the unending rumour going round of the death of President Muhammadu Buhari as “silly” and “uncharitable”.
He issued a statement, urging Nigerians to disregard the unnecessary 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.
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.