- Ghali Na'Abba, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, is alive
- This was disclosed on Friday, May 1, by the national president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima
- Shettima described the rumour as the fiction of the imagination of those who carried the report
A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Na'Abba, is hale and hearty as against earlier reports that he was dead.
Legit.ng reports that Nigeria was thrown into confusion on Friday, May 1, with the rumour of the death of Na'Abba, who reigned during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as president.
The rumour was further fuelled by some reports that claimed the politician, who gave Obasanjo's administration a tough battle, died in Kano.
The reports further said the Kano state government and the family of the politician were yet to confirm or react to the incident.
Reacting to the reports, the national president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, described it as the fiction of the imagination of those who carried the report.
"I just spoke with him and he is fine. Alhaji Na'Abba spoke with me from his base abroad. He has been out of the country for some days now. So how come he died in Kano?
"We understand the need to meet deadlines but it is very important that people verify their information before going ahead to publish stories.
"The rush to break stories should not make us blind to the need to explore all available opportunities before stories are published," Shettima said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that AYCF berated the Lagos state government for neglecting its community in the state in the distribution of the lockdown palliatives.
It was reported that Shettima, the group said it was aware that its community in Lagos was totally left out in the distribution of the palliatives.
Shettima noted that the group was pained by the agony of its people in the state for being neglected, saying that the palliative is not a gift but a right for all the people in the state, regardless of which part of Nigeria they came from.
Shettima, however, said that it is uncivilized, unthinkable and unacceptable for the Lagos state government to abandon the Arewa community in the crucial hour of need.
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