- Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina debunked the viral claim that President Buhari is set to marry a second wife
- The claim which has gone viral on social media stated that the wedding would take place today, Friday, October 11
- While Adesina debunked the claim, Legit.ng also notes that the humanitarian minister whom the purveyors of the claim said the president was set to marry today is not currently in Nigeria
The Nigerian social media space has been awash with a viral claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to marry a second wife.
The purveyors of the claim attributed it to undisclosed sources from the presidency. They further claimed that the purported marriage ceremony will be taking place today, Friday, October 11, after the Jumat (Friday prayer) services.
The claim which is gathering momentum under two trending hashtags on Twitter, #BUSA19 and #BUSA2019, stated that the woman the president is said to marry is the new minister for the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The purveyors of the claim also linked the purported wedding to the alleged prolonged absence of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, at the Presidential Villa. The wife of the president is currently on a trip to the United Kingdom.
Is it true that President Buhari is about to marry another wife according to the viral claims?
Nigerian Tribune verifies from Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.
Adesina debunked the claim, describing it as a deceptive manoeuvre by those who reportedly fabricated it.
The newspaper reports that Adesina confirmed that there was no marriage taking place at the Presidential Villa as stated in the viral claim.
Another presidency source who asked not to be named told the newspaper that there was no wedding taking place at the Presidential Villa neither was the president preparing for any wedding. The source said the claim is entirely false.
Sadiya Umar Farouq currently not in Nigeria
If it is true, as the purveyor of the claims allege, that the wedding is taking place on October 11, today, one wonders why the supposed bride to be is not in Nigeria for the ceremony.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, whom they claim the president is set to marry is not Nigeria.
According to a tweet posted by the minister via her handle, @Sadiya_farouq, in the early hours of Friday, she is currently in New York promoting a UN campaign against poverty.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, made a big promise to her fellow citizens during the celebration of the 59th independence anniversary on Tuesday, October 1.
The wife of the president said in a thread of tweets on Tuesday that she was restating her commitment to improving the lives of less-privileged Nigerians.
According to Aisha, she wants to use her organizations, Aisha Buhari Foundation and Future Assured Programs, to improve the lives of Nigerians.
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