The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reacted to recent claims by some news sources that President Buhari was rushed to a hospital in London.
On Wednesday, news circulated that President Muhammadu Buhari was rushed to Kings Hospital in the United Kingdom on a life support machine following a serious illness.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reacted to the news. In a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, the minister urged Nigerians to disregard the subversive messages being circulated via text messaging and the social media, saying the fabricated messages are being orchestrated by those who feel threatened by the emerging order.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, Mohammed said there is no iota of truth in the messages being circulated on the health of the President, who is hale and hearty, and 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/sources of the fabricated messages are already being investigated and the authors should prepare to face the consequences of their actions.
”The emerging trend of resorting to destabilisation and scare-mongering is not unexpected, considering this government’s clamp-down on the corrupt elements in the society, the plugging of all financial leaks which has derailed the gravy train of the looters of public treasury and the enthronement of probity and transparency in the polity.
”While we will neither stifle press freedom nor abridge the citizens’ right to express themselves freely, whether through criticism or protests, the security agencies will neither allow any resort to violence nor a willful subversion of the state for whatever reason,” he warned.