The social media was yesterday awash with rumours on the President's state of health, creating an outmostphere for doubts on the true nature of President Buhari's health.
The government said foremen of such messages will face “the full wrath of the law” noting that there were other pertinent issues in the country to talk about rather than swaying the populace with subversive messages.
Last week, the presidency attempted to Invalidate these malicious rumours by making a photograph of the President watching television in a sitting room in London available to Nigerians yet that seems not to have subdued the ruckus.
On Tuesday, the factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ahmed Makarfi accused some All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the news. According to Ahmed Markafi, ''They are interested in contesting certain positions in 2019''.
However Minister of Information Lai Mohammed yesterday urged Nigerians to disregard such messages being circulated via text messaging and the social media on the President's health which he said were being orchestrated by those who felt threatened by the emerging order. He urged Nigerians “not to panic”.
He said there was “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 governors in Abuja or anywhere.”
He said the naysayers had also “resorted to the use of ethnicity and religion as tools to divide Nigerians, overheat the polity and cause panic among the citizenry.”
Continuing he said, those behind the messages were “using fake news and disinformation to distort government activities.”
Mohammed said in a statement: “While opposition and criticism are all part of democracy, the crafting and circulation of subversive materials and scare-mongering are not, hence the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on those who are bent on subverting the state.
''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 clampdown 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.”