Human rights
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has denied playing any part in the rumours of the president’s death that is currently been bandied around.

Saraki made this known in a statement shared with newsmen. He said the choice of silence was no more feasible and was taken away from him after being “inundated with calls from across the country and abroad.

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The Senate President called the death rumours “baseless, empty and unintelligent mischief” peddled by people who have no love for the country.

He asked that the rumour-mongers should not add his name to their lies. He should not be linked to such a vile rumour as such suggestions can only engender ill-will, disunity and crisis in the country.

He also said there was no truth to stories of Vice President Osinbajo being pressured to step down by some governors. This pressure, it is said, would allow Saraki become the next in line in the presidential hierarchy.

Commenting on the same subject, Babafemi Ojodu, political adviser to President Buhari, said the rumours are ridiculous.

He said: I have read many ridiculous stories saying the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo is being held hostage by some governors who are trying to compel him to resign.

“I have equally received several calls regarding this. The story is simply not true. It is a fabrication. Don’t be a purveyor of fake news,” he told the press men.