Nigeria: I lied That Buhari Is Healthy Not To Cause Panics In Minds of Nigerians - Lia Mohammed - eritvnews

Nigeria: I lied That Buhari Is Healthy Not To Cause Panics In Minds of Nigerians - Lia Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed on Monday said he never deceived
Nigerians when he said President Muhammadu
Buhari is hale and hearty while he was on vacation
in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Minister, who spoke in a chat with
INDEPENDENT, was responding to claims by
some Nigerians who accused him of being
economical with the truth on the actual state of
health of the president.

Though the Minister had repeatedly said the
president is hale and hearty, President Buhari, who
arrived the country on Friday morning 49 days
after he left the country had said he had never
been this sick at a meeting he had with
government officials.

“I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a
young man, including in the military with its ups
and downs”.

Speaking on Monday, the Minister said as the
nation’s number one information officer, he had no
cause to deceive Nigerians who are anxious to
know the true state of health of their president.
He said the statements he issued on the
president’s health is to calm nerves, assured
Nigerians that the president is fine and to
discountenance the claims by some rumour
peddlers that the president is terminally ill.

“The management of the president’s health and
information regarding it is a very delicate issue.
On the one hand, we do not want to create panic
and most importantly, we want to assure the
country that all is well with the president”.
“I said whatever is wrong with Mr. President is
neither terminal nor life- threatening. The context
in which I said the president is hale and hearty is
against the background where some mischief
makers said he was dead or that he was suffering
from a terminal disease”.

“For a government spokesperson in managing
news regarding the president, the most important
for him is to calm nerves, reassure the nation and
not create panic.

It was against that background in
reassuring the nation that the statement was made
that President Buhari is hale and hearty and there
is no cause for alarm as opposed to the wild
rumours that the man is dead, he is terminally ill
and all kinds of things” he said.


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