The Nigerian Presidency has released footage of the President, Muhammadu Buhari meeting with Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the NCDC, Chike Ihekweazu.
This development is coming amidst rumours that the President was ‘seriously sick’ and may have been secretly flown outside the country for treatment alongside his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus.
An audiotape shared online by a journalist, Jackson Ude added fuel to the rumours. The audiotape, which went viral, was purportedly a phone conversation a lady was having, alleging that the President was secretly flown out of the country alongside Kyari for treatment.
Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, confirmed to POLITICS NIGERIA, on Thursday, that the report was false. However, Nigerians demanded that the President address them or at least prove that he is still in the country and in good health.
This prompted the release of a video on Saturday showing the president clad in a white robe, moving swiftly to a meeting with the health minister and the DG of NCDC.
VIDEO: Minister of Health @DrEOEhanire and Director General @NCDCgov, @Chikwe_I were at the State House (The Residence) this afternoon to brief President @MBuhari on Nigeria’s #COVID19 Situation. #Coronavirus[Follow @NCDCgov @DigiCommsNG @NigeriaGov for regular updates] pic.twitter.com/6b3BZoJ0PQ
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) March 28, 2020