Addressing the congregation, the General Overseer of the Living Faith Church who did not affirm nor oppose the rumour urged President Buhari to come forward with an official statement denying the rumour.
He said if Buhari does not clear the air on the sensitive matter, then “it must have been proved beyond any iota of doubt he is not our president.”
Oyedepo was reacting to a recent publication in a national newspaper where the author claimed representatives of the Jubril family showed up in Abuja threatening they would spill the beans unless the Federal Government meets their set of demands.
Oyedepo regretted that despite the sensitivity of the matter, no official statement from government had refuted the allegation. According to him, this might imply the country was up for sale.
President Buhari however broke his silence on rumours yesterday from far away Poland where he was participating in the Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He described the rumour as “ignorant and irreligious”.
“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the vice president to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot and, of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing… It’s real me; I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday. I am still going strong,” Buhari said.
The president made the clarification while responding to questions during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Krakow, Poland but whether many Nigerians would accept the repudiation of the story made in far away Poland waits to be seen.