Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London where the President is currently observing a 10-day vacation.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by a former member of the Senate, Daisy Danjuma, and one other individual.
The visit follows unfounded rumours making the rounds mostly on the social media that the president was dead.
Another variation of the rumour had it that Buhari was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, of an unnamed London hospital.
The fake news also claimed that state governors were holding an extraordinary meeting in Abuja purportedly to pressurize Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to resign so that Senate President Bukola Saraki could become President.
However, both the Presidency and the office of the Senate President released statements and granted interviews saying that the rumour was not only false and baseless but it was authored by persons who do not mean well for the country.
An obviously infuriated Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, posted on his social media handle: “I will not join that kind of debate at all. God will punish all those behind this evil rumour.
“It’s only in this part of the world that you wake up in the morning and you say the president of the country is dead.”
Earlier, on January 21, when the fake news first broke, the former minister had urged Nigerians to “disregard all false information. He (Buhari) cannot die. He will finish his first term and run for a second term Insha Allah.”
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, also made it clear in a statement that President Buhari was not ill and was not admitted in any hospital.
The President had notified the Senate that he was embarking on a 10-day vacation from January 23 to February 6, during which he intends to run some medical checks.
In the letter sent to the Senate, the President stated that Vice President Osinbajo will take charge of state affairs as Acting President until he returns.