The presidency has debunked the rumour that President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to travel to the United Kingdom and some foreign countries.
In a statement on Monday, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said there are reports making the rounds that the president would spend 20 days in the UK and proceed to Saudi Arabia, then Austria.
Adesina dismissed the rumour, attributing it to “mischievous minds”.
He urged Nigerians to be wary of what they accept as credible information and to restrain themselves from sharing reports that have not been ascertained to be genuine.
“Purveyors of fake and concocted Information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful what they consume as news, and also share with others, particularly from the social media,” he said.
“An unfounded information has been making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to the United Kingdom for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia, and then Austria. Fake. It is nothing but falsehood from mischievous minds.
“Members of the First Family, Ministers, top government officials, the military, and other key institutions, are equally objects of this orchestrated falsehood, coming from enemies of national cohesion.
“We urge Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as credible information, and restrain themselves from sharing what they have not authenticated as genuine. That is how we can all collectively beat the malevolent minds at their pernicious games.”
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"President @MBuhari is not planning to travel to any place for 20 days"- @FemAdesina said as he debunked various misinformation circulating on social media regarding the Presidency . pic.twitter.com/plwFNY2pcF
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) February 17, 2020