IN SHORT: The governor of Nigeria’s southwestern Ondo state has been in poor health, but he is alive – despite online claims to the contrary.
Ondo is located in the southwest of Nigeria. Akeredolu was sworn in as governor on 24 February 2017. He is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress party.
Ignore rumours, governor ‘hale and hearty’
On 3 June, Akeredolu posted a 12-second video of himself and others watching a football match on Twitter.
The tweet with the video, in a mix of Yoruba and English, reads: “Efi Okan bale Red Devils. E mu omi. We will win this game. #MCIMUN.”
This loosely translates to: “Relax your mind, Red Devils. Drink water.” The Red Devils are a nickname for the globally popular Manchester United football team.
Akeredolu also tweeted on 5 June, days after the news of his supposed death was posted.
The governor was “hale and hearty”, said Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, Ondo state commissioner for information, in a signed statement dated 3 June.
“We have been inundated with calls and messages concerning the state of health of the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. We had chosen to ignore this wicked fabrication until it appeared that certain persons seek to draw political mileage from the disinformation,” he said.
Ademola-Olateju said Akeredolu was “indisposed” but was still attending to state matters.