The Federal Government has refuted reports on social media that the only remaining of the over 100 Dapchi school girls, abducted by Boko Haram about a year ago, Leah Sharibu, is dead.
Reports of the death of Leah Sharibu, who Boko Haram allegedly refused to release because she refused to deny her Christian faith, has been trending on the social media.
But Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed responding to the rumours at a press conference on Sunday in Ilorin, Kwara State, said the news was nothing but “absolute fake news.”
According to the minister, the news is the handiwork of the opposition party to dent the image of APC.
“It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that. The rumour of Miss Sharibu’s death, which surfaced just a few days to the presidential election, is another ploy by the political opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.
“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President. I think every day they are realising the hopelessness of their position.
“Every day, they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country and they have decided that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listening to them,” Mohammed said.