A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, has cautioned Nigerians against wishing him dead. The former Lagos State governor stated on Thursday that there was no truth whatsoever in the speculation making the rounds that he was flown to London for medical attention.
Insisting that he was hale and hearty, Tinubu explained that he travelled to the United Kingdom with his close family members for a vacation as against the rumour that he was lying critically ill in a London hospital.
The social media had been awash with stories of various life-threatening ailments which Tinubu was reportedly battling with. Many were already wishing him speeding recovery. But Tinubu’s media aide, Sunday Dare, in a statement posted on Facebook described as “idle charter” his report of ill-health, adding that the APC leader was in great shape.
According to Dare, his principal is not only in “great health” but also, on a “brief well deserved vacation” with his family members. Urging Nigerians to discountenance the rumours of Tinubu’s ill-health, he added that any contrary news is patently false and malicious.
He said, “I find the idle charter on some online sites about the alleged ill health of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu amusing. That some idle minds have continued to perpetuate this absolute falsehood to the point of the ridiculous is disgusting.
“They (rumour mongers) deserve our prayers for wishing what is not on someone else. For the records, Tinubu is in great shape and his associates who see him and speak with him know this. I have been with him in the past three weeks and only returned to Nigeria on some assignments.”
Tinubu’s media advisor stated that the APC national leader had also taken advantage of his London visit to propagate the ideals and mission of the opposition party.
“He is in London helping APC spread the word about its mission of change. He returns to the country soon and those that wish him dead will be put to shame,” he added.
On a Twitter handle credited to Tinubu, the former APC leader expressed concerns over the expansionist drive of the Boko Haram insurgent group. Tinubu warned that the seizure of towns and communities in the North Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States must not be allowed to continue.
“From Borno to Adamawa, Nigeria’s descent into war unfolds. Yet an irresponsible government continues to look for scapegoats instead of doing something.
“The festering Boko Haram attacks on the North East and massacre of innocent citizens is a concrete proof that Nigeria has no government,” Tinubu added.