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Buhari’s office or study? Confusion over State House fumigation sparks Twitter storm

Buhari’s office or study? Confusion over State House fumigation sparks Twitter storm
March 27
12:25 2020
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How can President Muhammadu Buhari be at work in the office on Thursday when the same office was fumigated?

This seemingly harmless question has sparked a Twitter storm and led to a trending hashtag #TheBuhariChallenge.

In a picture released by presidency on Thursday night, Buhari was seen working from the study at his residence in the State House.

TheCable confirmed that the president was in his office on Wednesday till late afternoon — two days after testing negative for the coronavirus.

However, the office was closed for fumigation on Thursday and the president was at his residence, also located within the State House, all through the day while rumours flooded the internet that he had been flown abroad.

He retired to the study after dinner and was pictured at the desk with some files.

The presidential office. It was fumigated on Thursday morning.

However, in a post on Thursday night, the presidency Twitter handle said Buhari was at work “in the State House”.

“The concocted audio message about President @MBuhari’s whereabouts should be totally disregarded,” the presidency tweeted. “It is Fake News in its entirety. The President tonight at the State House, at work.”

Four minutes after, Bashir uploaded the picture of the president, saying he was at work.

“President @MBuhari; still at work!” he said.

The study at the president’s residence. His residence was not fumigated.

This, however, did not go down well with some social media users who alleged that the presidential aide had misinformed the people.

This led to the #BuhariChallenge which has been trending on Twitter.

A Twitter user, Emmanuel Itunu, said the president could not have been in his office in less than 24 hours after fumigation.

“Fumigation process takes about 24 to 48 hours. Where do you say he’s working from? A 30 seconds video would have put ever doubt to rest,” he said.

Olamide Obe said not everyone is dumb to believe what the aide said about the president.

“15m people voted Buhari in, and we are a nation of over 150m people. Not all Nigerians are dumb. It hurts when you take us all for a fool,” Obe said.

“By the way, wasn’t that office fumigated in the late afternoon? And Buhari’s comfortably sitting in it tonight! No sanitizer on the table?

“Bashir, all these lies will come back to haunt you someday. Choose wisely how you want to be remembered by posterity because you are still very young. A live interactive press conference with Q&A session will save you from all these packaging. Every other leaders are at the fore.”

Fatima Adu likened the presidential aide’s comment to a propaganda.

“Nigerian Government official handle looks more like a high school gossip bulletin. Those that live by propaganda shall die by propaganda. You’re reaping what you sowed; deal with it. Nigeria has a ghost President, and Nature abhors a vacuum. #WhereIsBuhari?”

Cyprian said, “When you trying to defend lies. It means something is actually wrong. You put so much energy trying to convince Nigerians Buhari is around. Show us 2mins live video and we will not ask.”

Donal said, “I thought they fumigated the president’s office, or is that elsewhere? You guys really need to stop acting like you don’t know anything, it doesn’t just make Buhari look dead, it makes the nation sick, and makes you guys seem dumb.”

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