The pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari circulated by the presidency following the controversial rumour of his death and sickness have been described as fake.
Last week, a number of pictures of Buhari with his wife, Aisha, and another with Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in UK where he looked not to be sick were circulated by the President’s PR machine.
But former Chairman of the National Human Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has alleged that the pictures are fake while addressing #I Stand With Nigeria group in Abuja on Monday during the group’s protest against bad governance.
He said: “We thumbed Buhari into office in 2015 because he promised to do a lot, then he got into power and he has never addressed us. When he wants to talk to us he gets into a plane, travels abroad and starts gossiping about us.
“Are we so useless that our President cannot address us? Are we so idiotic that our President cannot tell us that things are hard? We don’t get answers, we don’t get empathy and we are told we cannot protest too? What kind of country is that? What kind of citizens are we?
“Who are we to be told we can only protest if Police licensed us? We have the right to protest. On this Monday morning we don’t know where our President is. We want to know because we care.
“Last week, fake pictures of the President meeting people in London emerged.
“If the President is not ill, why should people be circulating fake pictures? We don’t want the human rights of the President abused. This administration came into power to fight corruption and now, next to the President is the man now known as the grasscutter-general of the federation.”