President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed a statement that quoted him as saying that many Nigerians are suffering from mental illness.

The report had it that Buhari in his address in the Paris Peace Forum said 40 million Nigerians were mad.

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In a post on his Twitter page, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged Nigerians to desist from spreading fake news.

He accused evil minds of been behind the reports, stressing that they would go to any length to gain political advantage.

The presidential aide wrote: “Evil minds claim President Buhari says 40 million Nigerians are mad. Fake news.

“They now play with the mental health of people to gain political advantage. Beware of them.”