Many rumours around the health of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria have been flying across Nigeria and beyond. Perhaps nobody knows the true state of affairs. But minister of information Lai Mohammed told another lie on Wednesday: He said the president was alive and well.
The president is alive. But he is not well — ill-health took him to London last week. At the moment he is enjoying a 10-day leave while he sees his doctors in London. He had handed over the affairs of state to his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is now Nigeria’s acting president.
From the office of the acting president came a refutal of one of the rumours flying about. Mr Femi Ojudu, special adviser to the president on political affairs, said in a statement entitled “State of the Nation”:
“I have read many ridiculous stories saying the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is being held hostage by some governors who are trying to compel him to resign. I have equally received several calls regarding this.
“The story is simply not true. It is a fabrication. Don’t be a purveyor of fake news . The Vice President is behind his desk carrying out his task. The Federal Executive Council presided over by him has just ended and he has been busy receiving visitors and holding meetings.”
Ojudu works in the vice president’s office.