GEJ was not behind the rumor of Buhari’s death

The Presidency has reacted to a news report that President Muhammadu Buhari had died in the United Kingdom.

The report had also claimed the president was in a terrible health condition.

The presidency described the news as spurious saying the president was well and alive.

The presidency spoke through Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu.

Both of them are special advisers to the president on media relations.

In his reaction to the speculations on his Twitter handle, Adesina thanked all those who wished the president well.

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He also asked for the Grace of God for repentance on all those who carried the rumors.

He said: “Best wishes to all who wish PMB well.

“As for those who carry evil rumors, may they receive grace to repent.”

Also reacting to speculations concerning the health of the president, Shehu said: “The president cannot be holidaying in the United Kingdom. and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time.

“He cannot also be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time.

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He added that Buhari “was unlike a past president who was ‎at Ota with Chief Obasanjo.

“And at the same time, he was attending the Trump inauguration in Washington DC, being in two places at the same time.”

It will be recalled that president Buhari left Nigeria on Thursday for the United Kingdom on a medical vacation.

The nature of his sickness was not disclosed but the presidency called it a routine medical checkup.

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And here is a critical question: why would the presidency drag GEJ into the purported death rumor of the president?

His visit to Obasanjo was a private one.

The presidency’s response smacks of decorum and explains the resentment they still harbor for the former president.