Disregard fake news about our whereabouts — Osinbajo urges Nigerians

According to Osinbajo, real Nigerians are seeing them on TV, listening to them on radio, and read about their activities in the news papers.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

/ by Joe Adams
President Muhammadu Buhari, and vice president Yemi Osinbajo 
Presidency on Saturday call on Nigerians to disregard fake news making the rounds on social media concerning the whereabouts of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice Yemi Osinbajo.

There have been lots of concern among Nigerians about the Vice president's whereabouts in the past few weeks which sparked some form of conspiracy that he may have contracted COVID-19 or he has been sidelined in the country’s seat of power.

But reacting through his spokesperson, Akande Laolu, Osinbajo disclosed that he has been attending to official matters on how to improve Nigeria’s economy.

Laolu, in an Instagram post urged Nigerians to ignore fake claims regarding the whereabouts of President Buhari and the Vice President’s.

He recalled that the Vice President on Thursday met with the Governor of Central Bank, CBN, Kaduna State Governor, and some Ministers via video conferencing.

According to Laolu: “With my boss the Vice President last night in his office, reviewing some of the events of the week.

“By the way continue to ignore professional fake news conduits who share fictions about the whereabouts of the president and his Vice.

“The critical mass of our people see both the president and the VP regularly on TV, hear about them regularly on radio, read from them in the press and observe their activities regularly on the social media.

“For instance, on Thursday the VP held a videoconferencing meeting that included the governor of Kaduna, Power and Finance Ministers, the CBN governor and other government officials on how to expand electricity in the country.

“The work goes on, and Nigeria will surely prevail. We will do it together.”

Meanwhile, Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, on Friday advised the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina “to quit the office if he could not manage Nigerians.”

The cleric's outburst was in reaction to Adesina's statement in a live broadcast with ‘Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire Programme’ wherehhe said nobody had authority to order President Buhari around.

He said, "When this COVID thing began, 'president should talk to us, the president should talk to us,' he has had three national broadcasts within a month, what else do they want? What else do they want?

"People think because either you elected a president or you didn't elect him, you must lead your president by the nose. It doesn't happen.

"Because you elected a man then you begin to order him around. The president would do whatever is good for the country any given time," Mr Adesina said in a one minute forty-five seconds video currently among the top twenty trends in Nigeria.

In his reaction, Giwa, urged Adesina to caution himself from addressing Nigerians carelessly.

He said, “I watched the interview, and I can tell you that Mr. Adesina is not a good manager.

“We are citizens of Nigeria and everyone has the right to question president Buhari if he fails to address some burning issues.

“As a sitting president of Nigeria, he is answerable to the people not to Adesina. Nigerians must be able to tell him what they want.

“Mr. Adesina should learn from Olusegun Adeniyi and Reuben Abati.

“There is a way you talk to people to show respect for their persons. Adesina has no respect for Nigerians."

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