As rumours continue on death and the doubting health state of the Nigerian President Buhari swirls on social media the Nigerian presidency remains vague on the true health status of the country’s leader.
Eric Joyce, a politician in the United Kingdom and former soldier, has taken to a micro-blogging website to announce the death of President Buhari, who has not been seen in public since May 7, 2017 when he met with 82 recently freed Chibok schoolgirls. That evening, the presidency announced he was leaving Nigeria for London on an indefinite medical trip.
“Very sad to learn [hear] of the death of President Buhari, whom I campaigned for. Thoughts with his wife @aishambuhari and family,” the former member of the UK parliament wrote on Twitter on Friday, May 19, 2017.
“The president of one of the world’s largest and most sensitive countries died in London today,” the Scottish politician continued. “In our main news bulletins, not a word.”
His tweets were curiously ignored by the ever vocal All Progressives Congress supporters, just as the Nigerian presidency kept mute about the president’s condition.
Following responses from Nigerians and people around the world, Mr. Joyce penned an editorial on Saturday, published on his website, in which he called out Buhari’s handlers for a sloppy response to these death rumours and the Western media for ignoring the story.
“For two days, some sources have been reporting that President Buhari has died in a London hospital. Other sources, including the presidency, have been denying this, but not very convincingly,” he wrote.
“A general rule of thumb for any leader anywhere is that if people think you’re dead then you get yourself on the telly alive, immediately. So maybe there’s a bit of a temporary cover-up involved? And if there is, it’s hard to imagine the UK’s security service (‘Mi5) doesn’t know about it and have folk all over the place inside the hospital in question. Continue reading from source