SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Wednesday described the rumored death of President Muhammadu Buhari as a “silly thing.”The minister who reluctantly yielded to prompting by State House Correspondents to react to the development after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting said there were more serious issues of state to be discussed than engage in frivolity of wishing the President dead.
According to him, it was only in Nigeria that citizens would wake up in the morning to wish their president dead.
He said: “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.
“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.”
It would be recalled that former Chairman, Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, Sunday condemned in very strong terms, the masterminds of the media report that the health condition of President Buhari could have worsened, leading to possible death in Germany.
Anenih had while reacting to the rumour dismissed the report as the handiwork of those who only did not wish Buhari well and those who did not mean well for Nigeria, just as he urged those persons to fear God and pray for leaders of the country.
According to Anenih, those behind the report, in what he described as their hurried bid to propagate their mischievous and false report, forgot that the president left Nigeria for London and not Germany on vacation during which period he would undergo routine medical check-up.
Also, a group under the aegis, Osun Buharist Society described the rumour as callous, barbaric and ungodly.
In a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Mallam Abiodun Kamar, the group categorised those spreading the rumour as “agents of darkness who are working round the clock to set the country ablaze”, warning that “ it is time to put the loss of 2015 at our back. What we are witnessing is the desperation of a power elite angry and bitter for its loss at poll and is fatally plotting to plunge the country into chaos. We the ordinary citizens must resist them. We must say no to evil plot. ”
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