“They want to use the false news to cause disaffection among numerous members of the One Love Family, Nigerians and the world at large but Maharaj Ji has already exposed them for who they are. Such news will never stop Maharaj Ji from saying the truth he is known for."

The spokesman for Sat Guru Maharaji, Ojo Peter, said this while reacting to the rumour of the death of his principal.

He said it was a mischievous attempt concocted by disgruntled elements in the society, adding that Maharaji was in perfect health condition.

Some social media users had on Friday posted the news of Maharaji’s death but checks revealed that he was alive. Some of the online users later deleted the report while a few apologised for the post.

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In a statement by Peter and entitled, ‘Maharaji is alive and not dead’, the spokesman said the rumour was the handiwork of some people who were not comfortable with how Maharaji had been vocal about some of the unpleasant things happening in Nigeria.

The statement said: “The rumour of the death of Maharaj Ji was concocted by some people who have found it difficult to silence him from telling the truth about happenings in Nigeria and the world at large. The news of the death of Maharaj Ji is not only false but one that was mischievously concocted by some disgruntled elements.

“We use this medium to tell the whole world that Maharaj Ji is hale and hearty. People of the world should disregard such false information as Maharaj Ji himself has spoken on the rumour of his death to people who called him from Nigeria and abroad".