Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked statements on social media that he has fled Nigeria a day before the commencement of the 2019 general elections.
Obasanjo made the clarification when he spoke to journalists at his presidential library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He was reacting to a Facebook post by one Gbenga Lawal, who wrote: “Breaking: Obasanjo jets out of Nigeria. He can’t even wait for the thief he is imposing on Nigerians.”
But in his reaction, Obasanjo debunked those carrying such “fake news”, wondering what he must have possibly done wrong to flee the country.
Obasanjo noted that he must fulfil his civic right of casting his ballot in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections and that of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on March 2.
He added that he has left the people spreading the rumour to God to “deal with them rightly.”
“Why should I travel out of the country before the election?” Obasanjo queried.
“If not for anything, I believe I should be here to perform my civic responsibility, which is to vote according to the dictate of my heart tomorrow and on the second of March.
“Those who are carrying that type of rumour or fake news; I leave them in the hands of God; I am used to that kind of thing.
“In Yoruba land, if your head is hard, you don’t have to worry yourself.
“Let anybody tell lies against you, let anybody issue fake news against you, let anybody abuse you, God will deal with them rightly and appropriately.”
In the run-up to the general elections, Obasanjo openly declared his support for Atiku Abubakar as his preferred presidential candidate.
He also endorsed Gboyega Nasir Isiaka of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) as his preferred governorship candidate in his home state of Ogun.