- The Nigerian presidency faults an audio message which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, have been flown out of the country for medical attention
- The presidency describes the audio message about Buhari’s whereabouts as a concocted claim which should be totally disregarded
- Similarly, Garba Shehu, calls on Nigerians to ignore the audio message regarding the whereabouts of President Buhari and his chief of staff
The presidency has described as false an audio message circulating on social media which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and his chief of staff, Abba Kyari have been flown out of the country for medical attention amid the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
The unverified audio message which was recorded in a female’s voice had alleged that President Buhari and Abba Kyari were flown out by the Nigerian Air Force.
Not long after the message surfaced, the tag #WhereIsBuhari began to trend on twitter by some persons who seemed to have believed the rumour.
However, the presidency in a tweet on Thursday, March 26, described the audio message about Buhari’s whereabouts as a concocted claim which should be totally disregarded.
It described the unverified message as fake news in its entirety. The presidency said Buhari is in Nigeria and shared a picture of the president working in his office.
"The concocted audio message about President @MBuhari ’s whereabouts should be totally disregarded. It is Fake News in its entirety. The President tonight at the State House, at work," the presidency tweeted.
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Similarly, a presidential aide Garba Shehu, also called on Nigerians to ignore the audio message regarding the whereabouts of President Buhari and his chief of staff.
He also shared a picture of President Muhammadu Buhari in the statehouse.
In another news, Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is busy working to keep Nigerians safe from the coronavirus pandemic.
The presidential aide in a tweet on Thursday, March 26, said some people with diseased minds were imagining vain things and concocting lies and evil.
Adesina stated that the people behind the lies were incapable of having clean and edifying thoughts.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has imposed a curfew in the state, following the noncompliance to certain measures that were earlier put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Danbatta reports that the deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, who made this known on Thursday, March 26, in the second state broadcast in two days, said that the decision was in line with the 1999 constitution.
The deputy governor said that the state standing committee on COVID-19 prevention met on Thursday, March 26, to review global and national developments relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
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