‘Is Buhari dead’ becomes most searched phrase in Nigerian internet space

Posted on January 26 2017 , at 03:09 pm
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  • Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is acting as president till Buhari resumes office on February 6.

Buhari met with the country's Security Chiefs before his depature for UK on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Buhari met with the country’s Security Chiefs before his departure for UK on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Muhammadu Buhari has been the most popular Nigerian online in the past two weeks.

And over the weekend, rumours started flying around that ‘Buhari has died in London’, though the presidency was quick to deny the claims.

Despite this, millions of concerned Nigerians and people across world have gone online to search answers for ‘Is Buhari dead?’

That phrase has now become the most searched item on Nigerian cyberspace this week.

On Saturday, January 21, over 100,000 people searched ‘Is Buhari dead’ on Google and at least 5,000 people still search the subject daily.

While Buhari is away, Yemi Osinbajo met with a delegation from General Electric led by their CEO, Jeff Immelt.
While Buhari is away, Yemi Osinbajo met with a delegation from General Electric led by their CEO, Jeff Immelt

Buhari departed Nigeria on Thursday, January 19 for a two-week vacation in London where he would undergo medical check-ups.

As a result, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is acting as president till Buhari resumes office on February 6.

While the presidency has denied reports on Buhari’s death, Nigerians won’t back out until they see their president back in the country.

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