Thousands of Twitter users on Thursday, 22 October 2020 shared claims that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is dead. The several posts pushing the claim that the President is dead have been shared using the hashtag #BuhariIsDead to trend at number one on Twitter, at the time of writing this report.
Fact-checks by the Centre for Democracy and Development show that the claim that the President Muhammadu Buhari is dead is false.
The silence of the President on the Lekki Attack on #EndSARS protesters have fuelled the narrative that President Buhari is dead.
The delay in this address have continued to fuel the narrative that the President is dead.
However, contrary to these narratives, President Buhari presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. He, however, did not speak on the Tuesday night gruesome murder of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, by security agents.
A day before, on October 20, the President met with the Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi, and the Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at the State House.
As at the time of writing of this report at 1: 25pm, October 22, 2020, Ahmad Bashir said President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the National Security Council Meeting at the Council Chambers, the State House, Abuja.
In attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SGF Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Defence Minister, the Service Chiefs, the IG of Police and other heads of the security agencies are all in attendance.
The claim trending on Twitter that President Muhammadu Buhari is dead is false.
The President is currently in a meeting presiding over the National Security Council Meeting at the Council Chambers as at the time of writing this report.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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