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Those behind rumoured death of Buhari are wicked, callous, says Obasanjo

By NAN   |   03 February 2017   |   6:09 pm

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has described the persons behind the rumoured death of President Muhammadu Buhari as “wicked and callous.”

A statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta by Mr Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo’s Media Aide, quoted the former president as saying, “President Buhari needs our prayers rather than bad wishes.”

He said that prayers from well meaning persons, particularly, Nigerians would help Buhari to get well quickly and ginger his morale to return to the country stronger and better.


Obasanjo, who warned Nigerians against “politicisation of the president’s health,’’ recalled that he had also been a victim of such rumoured death while he was President in 1999.

Obasanjo said: “No normal human being will wish an elderly person dead irrespective of their differences.

“If you don’t like him, wait for another election and stop spreading rumour that he is dead.

“No matter what his health situation, maybe, we should pray for him to recover quick and come back stronger and better.

“For anyone wishing him dead, such person or group of persons are callous, wicked and treacherous.

“I was also rumored to have died almost 12 times.

“I don’t know what they derive from doing so, but, they should seek for forgiveness.

“Even if we know that the President is sick, he is in a better position to know what to say or what to do and not wishing him dead.

“We should just stop politicising everything, especially with the elderly in the country.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that recently, there were rumoured reports in the social media of Buhari’s death at a London hospital.

The presidency however dismissed the reports saying Buhari was on a ten-day vacation leave and was not on admission at any hospital in London.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said the President intended to undergo routine medical check-up during his vacation in London.




  • Izeobor

    OBJ, if one behaves as if one is carrying meat, flies would be following the person. It does not matter whether the president is dead or alive, after all it makes no difference. The VP is there. Nigeria can relocate the seat of government to London so the president will not need to travel back and forth. If London is too exposed, the government could be relocated to Saudi Arabia. Nigerians don’t have to open their dirty mouths and complain. While that is being done, all offices should remain closed so that everybody will concentrate for the prayers to be effective. Sounds good enough?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    You (OBJ) and the Buhari are overdue for death. Or is it young people that should be dying? Useless, incestuous old man. May God punish you for talking down to Nigerians as if you are our lord and master.

  • Ukaegbu, Friday C.

    If it takes prayers for our President to come home stronger and healthier, then we owe our President that service. So Nigerians rise up and pray. The prayers of the righteous will heal the sick, and if such a person has sinned his sins will be forgiven, so says my Bible.

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