What is the state of Health of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari. It is a known secret that Buhari is in the London on medical leave. The Nigerian President has been in the UK since January on medical leave for an undisclosed illness. Some have rumoured that the President has some sort of terminal cancer but this are just rumours as the Nigerian government has not officially come out with a statement of the nature of the ailment that is afflicting the country's President.
Africa Welsh News posted a fox-news24.com article on our twitter page. The article circulated by fox-news24.com carried a breaking news headline that "Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has died". The article went on to confirm that Buhari died in London where he was receiving treatment. The story stated that he attended last Friday's prayers to throw off speculation about the gravity of the illness.
The fox-news24.com article added that the Nigerian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom has told reporters that plans are on the way to transport the "late President's body back to Abuja for final funeral rites.
What we however find disturbing is that no other credible News outlet has published the demise of the leader of one of the largest and most prosperous countries in Africa. Africa Welsh News has not been able to verify this information and though we have made efforts to confirm this news with other sources, we have not been able to.
Sighting the Nigerian President's official jet in London has just fueled speculation that he has passed. The Nigerian government however have tried to set people's mind at rest releasing a statement saying that packing the President's jet NAF 001 in London is just simply protocol.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu said: “It is important to state that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation. “From operational point of view, this country’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force are not to abandon their Commander-In-Chief in whichever circumstance he is. This is a standard operating procedure.
The issue we face is that no one is ready to affirm or deny what the state of the President's health is. With Officers at the High Commission are keeping a straight face and people no having sighted Buhari for months, it is not surprising that news of his death spreads like wild fire.
Many Nigerians are demanding clarity. It is like the secrecy surrounding former President Yaradua's death all over again. The silence is definitely deafening