|President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja for London on a 10 -day medical leave to treat an ear infection as his senior aides, Garba Shehu and Abike Dabire (left) look on with worried expression. Sources say it is Ménière’s Disease.|
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is not dead — contrary to the strong rumours making the rounds in the country – The Presidency said on Saturday night, January 21, 2017.
“He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” Garba Shehu, one of Buhari’s spokespersons, said in a short post on his Facebook page.
Buhari proceeded on a 10-day medical vacation in the UK on Thursday and is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina had assured that there is nothing to worry about the President’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation.
The president himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet.
The rumour began when a fake news website, metro-uk.com posted a news report saying that President Muhammadu Buhari had died in London. The news link quickly went viral with many mistaking the website for the news website, Metro.co.uk.