The speculation that Prsident Muhammadu Buhari had died in a London hospital, is not sounding palatable to the ears of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. He described the persons behind the rumoured death of Buhari as â€œwicked and callous.â€
A statement issued on Friday inÂ Abeokuta Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjoâ€™sÂ Media Aide, quoted the former president as saying, â€œPresident Buhari needs our prayers rather than bad wishes.â€
He said that prayers from well meaning persons, particularly, Nigerians would
help Buhari to get well quickly and ginger his morale to return to the country stronger and better.
Obasanjo, who warned NigeriansÂ against â€œpoliticisation of the presidentâ€™s health,â€™â€™ recalled that he had also been a victim of such rumoured death while he wasÂ President in 1999.
Obasanjo said: â€œNo normal human being will wish an elderly person dead irrespective of their differences.
â€œIf you donâ€™t like him, wait for another election and stop spreading rumour that he is dead.
â€œNo matter what his health situation, maybe, we should pray for him to recover quick and come back stronger and better.
â€œFor anyone wishing him dead, such person or group of persons are callous, wicked and treacherous.
â€œI was also rumored to have died almost 12 times.
â€œI donâ€™t know what they derive from doing so, but, they should seek for forgiveness.
â€œEven if we know that the president is sick, he is in a better position to know what to say or what to do and not wishing him dead.
â€œWe should just stop politicising everything, especially with the elderly in the country.â€
There were rumoured reports recently in the social media of Buhariâ€™s death at a London hospital.
The presidency however dismissed the reports saying BuhariÂ was on a ten-day vacation and was not on admission at any hospital in London.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said the President intended to undergo routine medical check-up during his vacation in London.