Presidency denies Buhari death rumour

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari is well and alive, the presidency said late on Saturday after a news website published a story that the Nigerian leader has passed away in London., which can be confused for the more recognised, ascribed the source of its story to unnamed officials of the Nigerian High Commission in London and a presidential aide who claimed Buhari died of an “unknown disease”.

But the presidency insisted all is well with the 74-year old Nigerian leader.

“Best wishes to all who wish PMB well. As for those who carry evil rumours, may they receive grace to repent,” tweeted Femi Adesina, Buhari’s media adviser.

“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,” said another presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

Buhari left Nigeria on Thursday for London to “undergo routine medical check-ups” during a short holiday and was expected to resume work on February 6. In his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would act as as president.

His current visit would make it the second time in less than a year he has gone to Britain for medical treatment.

The president visited London in June 2016 for treatment to what the presidency described as a persistent inner ear infection, which caused him to pull out of several scheduled engagements.

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    • usman akwe

      Those who wish the president dead are corrupt and evil! May God forgive them!

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    Is this another OBJ initiative like Yardua – MEND Goodluck. Well that can be understandable, but were is the political manoeuvre for possible repeat of this scenario (Allah Yaisa), is it to preserve Ehingbeti Lagos, i.e. not a Federal Mayorial City or New York in political structure. Hm! This maradona programming waoh. It is to the best interest of this country that Buhari does not pass away before the next election. Shikena.

  • bobo

    And where will the common man go for health check-up?

  • Shame on them for always having to travel out of the country even for checkups. The country has enough qualified manpower but without facilities. Yet they talk about saving scarce FOREX!? How many other presidents do medical tourism like them? Shame!

  • paul osa

    Buhari and his Federal Govt are shameless. Where is Buhari’s leadership of the nation’s health sector?
    Why can’t he get medicare in the super hospitals he built for his citizens…rumor or no rumor i wish him health. Even if Buhari were to die in London or German hospital, he would not be the first. African leaders are a disgrace.

  • A Pinneh

    I think in the best interest of the country, it is better for the President to address the nation to cast out all doubt about his demise. It can be done via phone or NTA international London. It is completely wrong for the president’s aid to continue to reassure the over 180 million Nigerians in the affirmative.

    • Iskacountryman

      or bbc…

  • Ojiyovwi

    It is hugely embarrassing if indeed, if Buhari has come here to the UK for hospital treatment. Seriously, the medical bill will be enough to set up a state-of-the-art clinic anywhere in Nigeria for his treatment, which will be no better than what he would have been here to receive. Our leaders continue to act like ignorant monkeys. The bring their ailing bodies to the whiteman’s clinic because they don’t have any confidence in their own people. Guess what? He may find that the expert doctor that will treat him here in the UK could be either an Indian or a Nigerian. The fee to the Nigerian treasury will be no less extortionate.
    I contend that these hopeless Africans should chose home care and accept the will of the ancestors, good or bad as no one can live forever and you cannot keep running off to oyimbo land for fruitless treatment s at the expense of the impoverished natives. Now I see why those stupid biafran mob are celebrating Trump’s inauguration as trump will not allow these African thieves to use the US for silly stunts such as these.

  • Iskacountryman

    aisha buhari…speak up…



    “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.” – Buhari (Thisday, August 27, 2001)

    “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon will all be soaked in blood.” – Buhari (Vanguard May 15, 2012)

    “The last general election was anything but free and fair. The only political parties that could complain of election rigging are those parties that lacked the resources to rig.” – Buhari (First Speech after Military Coup, 31 December, 1983)

    “No, no, no; Abacha did not steal Nigeria’s money.” – Buhari (10th Anniversary of Abacha’s death)

    “The declaration of state of emergency in three Northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe is a grave injustice against the North.” – Buhari (Liberty Radio, June 2, 2013)

    “I live on borrowing. I borrowed from the banks to build the house in Daura and the one in Abuja and Kano. The bank then was Barclays, now Union Bank.” – Buhari (The SUN Exclusive Interview, December 24, 2012)

    “When the Niger Delta militants started their activities in the Southsouth, they were invited by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua. An aircraft was sent to them and their leaders met with the late President in Aso Rock and discussed issues. They were given money and a training scheme was introduced for their members. But when the Boko Haram emerged in the North, members of the sect were killed, this is unfair”. – Buhari (Liberty Radio, Kaduna May 14 2012)

    “Muslims should only vote those who will promote Islam. We are more than the Christians if you add our Muslim brothers in the West.”- Buhari (Liberty Radio Kaduna, 2003)

    “This campaign is the third and last one for me; since, after it, I will not present myself again for election into office of the president.” – Buhari (April, 2011 at the Int’l Conference Centre, Abuja)

    “I’ll stabilize oil market if elected.” – Buhari (Channels TV Interview, 2014).

    “Why should Christians be concerned when Muslim cut off their limbs? After all, the limbs that are being cut off are Muslim ones and not Christian. So why should Christians bother about it?? – Buhari (Liberty Radio, Kaduna 2003)

    “If there is a repeat of the Civil War again, I will kill more Igbos to save the country.” – Buhari (BBC Hausa Service, 2015)

    “I can die for the cause of Islam if necessary. We are prepared to fight another Civil War. We cannot be blackmailed into killing Sharia.” – Muhammadu Buhari (Freedom House, 2000)

    “I’ll make Naira equal in value to dollar.” – Muhammadu Buhari (Vanguard, March 23, 2015).

  • Ezekiel Okeke

    As I already said, while Republic Of Biafra celebrate those that paid the worthwhile price, and take best cares of their families, no one will remember them who died like cowards in this BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR (BRW) or their families, their leader Buhari is an example, so will any of them who stand on the way of Republic Of Biafra now in existence.

  • Ezekiel Okeke

    If there is a repeat of the civil war again, I will kill more Igbos to save the country- Buhari. BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR have crushed him and will crush any who stand on the way of Republic Of Biafra.