Man who swam, drank contaminated water for Buhari hale and hearty – Fact-check

NEWS DIGEST – Aliyu Mohammed Sani, the person who was reported to have died after drinking contaminated water from drainage (gutter) in Bauchi, is hale and hearty, Daily Trust has exclusively fact-checked.

Mr Sani who is a painter by profession also dismissed the rumour that he was taken to hospital over complication he developed after taking in the contaminated water.

“As I am talking to you now, I am on my way back to Bauchi after we finished a painting work somewhere outside Bauchi,” he said.

According to reports, Mr Sani had vowed to spend some minutes inside a gutter and drink the drainage water if President Muhammadu Buhari wins re-election.

He fulfilled his promise after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Mr Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC as the winner of the February 23 presidential election.

The picture of Mr Sani who did the ‘4+4’ sign after emerging from the gutter went viral.

However, on Tuesday, March 5, he was reported to have died after battling with gastrointestinal bleeding in the hospital for days after his publicity stunt.

According to him, his decision to drink water from the gutter if Mr  Buhari wins re-election was a promise, he took in the presence of people which he fulfilled.

“It is true, I made the promise before the elections and I fulfilled it and I have no regrets,” he added.