Former chairman of the People Democratic Party, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed has debunked speculations that he has passed on, describing the rumour as “wicked, vicious and malicious.”
In a statement issued by his media aide, Emeka Nwankpa, the PDP chieftain and former minister of defense condemned the rumour in very strong terms.
“This is to officially debunk and condemn the rumour in strong terms, the accomplished elder statesman is alive, hale and hearty.
“He is presently in Birnin-Kebbi, his home state of Kebbi in the company of his family. I have just spoken to him on phone (at 6.18 pm) Saturday, April 30, 2016.
“He is as fit as a fiddle. He equally expressed shock, but laughed it off in the belief that he owes his longevity to his maker, the almighty Allah.
“This rumour is wicked, vicious and malicious and can only come from the fertile imagination of those whose conscience has been seared with hot iron. This is certainly part of the unfortunate price to pay for public service. To wish someone dead in the manner of a rumour such as this is a clear descent to absurdity and satanism.
“At 70, this seasoned administrator, distinguished statesman, veteran politician and Dangaladima Gwandu who has served his fatherland meritoriously for over three decades in several enviable capacities in the private and public sectors is definitely not in a hurry to leave now as generations of Nigerians yet unborn still desire to drink from his distilled wisdom.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no amount of cheap blackmail as these wicked rumour vendors seek to achieve, can stop his resolve to continue to wish his country and its great people the very best always.”


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