Buhari had in a nationwide broadcast on Monday disclosed that “in 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united”.
Following this disclosure, news have been making the rounds on the social media that Ojukwu never visited Buhari in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State, with the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, finding “it laughable that Major General Muhammadu Buhari will embark on the futile journey of deceiving the general public about his brief encounter with Ojukwu in 2003”.
Responding in a statement issued in Awka, the Anambra capital, Ojukwu Jnr said his late father actually held the said meeting with Buhari before his demise, adding that everything that the president said in his nationwide broadcast was true.
The statement reads: “It has been brought to my attention that there is an article making the rounds on the social media attributed to me refuting the remarks of Mr. President concerning his relationship and discussions with my late father.
“Let me state the following categorically: firstly, that I made no such comments to anybody, and secondly that I am aware that His Excellency’s comments were indeed factual.
“I have noticed a disturbing trend recently of fake news being attributed to me on the social media. I don’t know who is behind it or what their motivation might be but let me assure you that any time I feel the need to comment publicly on any matter, I will not do so via some anonymous email or anything of the like, rather be rest assured that there will be no ambiguity whatsoever as to whether the comments came from me.”
Ojukwu Jnr, who joined other Nigerians in welcoming Buhari back home from his 103-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom, urged members of the public to disregard stories on the social media or any media platform whatsoever credited to him that he accused Buhari of telling lies, warning that such malicious and damaging publications would not be taken lightly if repeated.
He also asked the President not to take such comments serious, as they smacked of “gutter and yellow media reportage” aimed at overheating the polity.