El-Rufai debunks accident rumour, says I’m alive

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared he was never involved in any accident as widely reported a few days ago.

The governor also disclosed he was hunting for the peddlers of the news that he was involved in a fatal accident.

According to him, criminal charges would be brought against those behind the fake news.

He spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “I came to see Mr. President after my re-election as governor because immediately after the election I took a break.

“I came back to report to him that I was not involved in an accident. I’m alive, I am not in coma and also to discuss other issues related to my state.”

On his alleged involvement in an accident, he said: “My advice to everyone in Nigeria is to avoid forwarding stories that have not been verified.

“Social media provides platform for disseminating information but it is also a platform for dissemination of lies and hatred.

“We should be very careful that we don’t use this platform to advance the cause of the enemies of this country.

“I was never involved in any accident. I was not near any accident. In fact at a time I was supposed to be involved in an accident, I was in an aircraft going to another country.

“But somebody sat and concocted this story and we are trying to trace who started it. This is because criminal proceedings can be initiated against the person.

“Sometimes it is very difficult to know who started it but we are on it. My advice is that we should rely on reliable news medium, not just any platform or any blog.

“Unless we hear something from a very reliable news medium, we should be reluctant to begin sharing it as if it is true,” he stated

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