There is presently tension in the polity, on the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in the United Kingdom, UK, on medical vacation.
The Presidency has denied the insinuation that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is under pressure to resign, and that he is being held hostage by some forces.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Senator Femi Ojudu, on Wednesday, stated that there was no truth in the allegation.
“I have read many ridiculous stories, saying the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is being held hostage by some Governors, who are trying to compel him to resign. I have equally received several calls regarding this.
“The story is simply not true. It is a fabrication. Don’t be a purveyor of fake news. The Vice President is behind his desk carrying out his task. The Federal Executive Council presided over by him has just ended, and he has been busy receiving visitors and holding meetings.”
Also, the Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard the subversive messages being circulated via text messages and the social media, on the health of Buhari.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Wednesday, said there is no iota of truth in the messages being circulated on the health of the President, who is hale and hearty.
The Minister, denied the purported emergency meetings of the State Governors in Abuja, or anywhere. He said the naysayers have also resorted to the use of ethnicity and religion, as tools to divide Nigerians, overheat the polity, and cause panic among the citizenry, in addition to using fake news and disinformation to distort government activities.
“The source(s) of the fabricated messages are already being investigated, and the authors should prepare to face the consequences of their actions.
He further advised Nigerians to discuss issues that will uplift the national economic growth rather than relying on rumours that have no backing.
Meanwhile, the IGP has also denied that his visit had nothing to do with the President”s ill-health that it was merely a coincidence that he visited London at the time Buhari went there on vacation and for medical check up.