Death Rumour: Buhari Commends Nigerian Media

LastWeekend, bloggers were rife with death rumours of president Buhari who is currently on a 10day vacation in London.

The President’s picture was posted in a tweet, as he was watching Sunday Politics on Channels Television in London.

The photograph of the President, was apparently released to douse rumours that he was ill in London.

President Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, debunked the rumours that President Buhari has been ill and wondered why critics altered the sequence of the statement issued regarding the President’s trip to the UK in order to make the President appear ill.

Responding to questions about the President’s health and the rumour, Mr Adesina said: “Don’t forget, the statement we issued said he was going on holiday and during that holiday he would do medical checkups. The sequence is very important – holiday first, medical checkups second.

“Nigerians want to turn the sequence to medical checkups instead of holiday first”.

His explanation, however, triggered questions regarding the President’s trust in the quality of medical services in Nigeria but he argued that it is usually important to consult doctors who have the patient’s medical history.

“Before he became President, he has been using those same set of people. So, it stands to reason that the same people continue to attend to him,” he explained.

Nearer Than Ever

The issue of the nation’s economy was also discussed, with the President’s spokesman further assured Nigerians that the end of the country’s economic challenge was nearer than ever.

Mr Adesina had told Seun Okinbaloye during the programme that all efforts of the Buhari administration to get Nigeria and Nigerians back on their feet would begin to materialise before the end of 2017.

He added that projections by notable international agencies have also predicted that Nigeria would exit recession in 2017.

This has since quelled the death rumour.

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