Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina debunked the viral claim that President Buhari is set to marry a second wife
The claim which has gone viral on social media stated that the wedding would take place today, Friday, October 11
While Adesina debunked the claim, Naijalord also notes that the humanitarian minister whom the purveyors of the claim said the president was set to marry today is not currently in Nigeria
The Nigerian social media space has been awash with a viral claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to marry a second wife.
The purveyors of the claim attributed it to undisclosed sources from the presidency. They further claimed that the purported marriage ceremony will be taking place today, Friday, October 11, after the Jumat (Friday prayer) services.
The claim which is gathering momentum under two trending hashtags on Twitter, #BUSA19 and #BUSA2019, stated that the woman the president is said to marry is the new minister for the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The purveyors of the claim also linked the purported wedding to the alleged prolonged absence of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, at the presidential villa. The wife of the president is currently on a trip to the United Kingdom.
Aisha Buhari, the wife of General Buhari, has been out of Nigeria for about two months now, following pressures from President Mohammadu Buhari to take Hajia Sadia Umar Farouq, the current Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, as the second wife.
Is it true that President Buhari is about to marry another wife according to the viral claims?
Nigerian Tribune verifies from Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.
Adesina debunked the claim, describing it as a deceptive manoeuvre by those who reportedly fabricated it.
The newspaper reports that Adesina confirmed that there was no marriage taking place at the Presidential Villa as stated in the viral claim.
Another presidency source who asked not to be named told the newspaper that there was no wedding taking place at the Presidential Villa neither was the president preparing for any wedding.
The source said the claim is entirely false.