FG Regrets Leah Sharibu’s Death Rumour 

Yemisi Izuora 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has confirmed that the abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, is not dead.

The minister therefore described as ‘absolute fake news’ the reports in the Social Media that she has died in captivity.

“It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that,” the Minister

said at a press briefing in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Sunday

He said the rumour of Miss Sharibu’s death, which surfaced just a few

days to the presidential election, is another ploy by the political

opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit

primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.

“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything

at the administration and at the President. I think everyday they are

realizing the hopelessness of their position.

“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving

from every part of the country and they have decided that they are

going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a

Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not

listening to them,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

Speaking on the Monday’s presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, he

said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has put everything in place

to ensure that the visit of President Buhari is a huge success.

“The party has been meeting in the last couple of days to ensure that

the President’s visit is very successful. We have watched the rallies

in many parts of the country and we want to assure Mr. President that

our rally in terms of numbers, quality of people, entertainment and

colour will rank among the best,” the Minister said.

He said the crowd that will come out to receive the President will be

organic as the party does not engage in renting crowds.

Alhaji Mohammed appealed to security agencies to create a level

playing field for all the contestants in the election to allow the

people to freely exercise their franchise, saying those involved in

legitimate activities have nothing to fear.

He also described the protest in some circles over the redeployment of

Police Commissioners across the country as the handiwork of the

opposition, which is working to discredit the police and the

Independent National Electoral Commission.

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