Social media abuzz with ‘death’ of Nigeria president

Nigerian President Muhammadu-Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu-Buhari

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ,ABUJA, (CAJ News) - SOCIAL networking services have been implored to
intervene and strike off posts based on ceaseless rumours claiming ailing Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has died.The 74-year-old head of state is currently in the United Kingdom for
treatment.The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), a pro-democracy and non-governmental body, has subsequently resolved to petition Mark Zukkerberg the owner of Facebook social media platform, and executives
Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt of Google to demand that such posts concerning the health status of the president be struck off and
never allowed to circulate.The group argues such could spark off a national security challenge for conflict-prone Nigeria.HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the organisation had
authorized its secretariat to send out petitions to the owners of Facebook and shareholders of Google to request that mechanisms were put in place to
effectively stop such stories from ever gaining access to their platforms.“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this attempt to sow a seed of
discord in Nigeria,” Onwubiko said.He said prevailing reports Buhari had died might not even be emanating from the political opposition because even within the ruling All Progressives Congress, there were factions engaged in fierce power
tussles.Buhari, a military ruler in the 1980s and democratically elected in 2015,has been unwell for some time.He spent seven weeks in the UK for treatment of an undisclosed illness,
thought to be prostate cancer.The health of the president is an emotive issue in African most populous country of over 180 million after Musa Yar'Adua, died of heart problems in
2010.He had not handed over power to a successor sparking a power vacuum. 
– CAJ News

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