Nigeria’s president is forced to deny he has died and been replaced by a CLONE
- Muhammadu Buhari was rumoured to have been replaced by a man from Sudan
- Rumours surrounding health suggested he was replaced by man called ‘Jubril’
- Buhari, 75, has been receiving treatment for a mystery illness for well over a year
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday quashed a rumour stemming from his ill health that he had died and been replaced by a lookalike impostor from Sudan, his spokesman said.
Buhari tweeted on Sunday that he addressed the reports while at a meeting in Poland.
‘One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I’ve been cloned or not,’ Buhari said.
‘The ignorant rumors are not surprising, when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead.’
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‘It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,’ Buhari said as he met with the Nigerian diaspora in Poland, where he is attending the UN COP24 climate summit in Katowice.
He was answering a question from the audience about repeated claims – spread via tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos – that the leader of Africa’s most populous nation was an imposter called ‘Jubril’.
‘A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice President to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead,’ Buhari said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman Garba Shehu.
He referred to those who started the rumour as ‘ignorant’ and ‘irreligious’.
Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meet with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria earlier this month
Buhari, who is seeking re-election next year, spent a large part of 2017 in London for treatment for a serious illness, which has never been revealed to the public.
A lack of specific information about the illness, along with Buhari’s gaunt features and a reduction in public appearances have fed speculation about his well-being.
Claims about the president’s identity emerged a month after Buhari returned from another lengthy medical trip to London.
Those pushing the rumour were known critics of the president and his government.
Buhari was elected President of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, in 2015.
The former general became President in his fourth attempt at leadership since he was ousted from power in 1985.
Buhari was among military strongmen who dominated Nigeria decades ago. A military coup brought him to power in 1983, and another military coup toppled him two years later.
Buhari addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York in September
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