Nigeriaâ€™s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied rumours making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is having serious cough and has been put on a ventilator.
There has been lots of speculation about Buhariâ€™s health, since the news of his Chief of Staffâ€™s coronavirus status went viral on social media.
Reports also claimed that one of the two ventilators in Abuja, was commandeered for a top government official. The Information Minister in a statement, labelled both claims as fake news.
â€œThe epidemic of fake news is now competing with the pandemic of coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the disease. Instances of such fake news include
â€“ That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has been commandeered for a top government official
â€“ That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
â€“ That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on ventilator.
â€œFake. Fake. Fake. Itâ€™s all fake news,â€ Mohammed said.