President Muhammadu Buhari has denied the reports and rumours making the rounds that he is a cloned version of the ‘real Buhari’ who is alleged to have died after a period of ill health.
According to some, the current ‘Buhari’is a cloned version named Jubril who is believed to have come from Sudan
But Buhari addressed the speculation as he met members of the Nigerian community in Poland, where he is attending the UN COP24 climate summit.
He said even the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has had to deal with the rumours:
“It’s the real me, I assure you,” he said, answering a question from the audience. “I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.”
“Poor @ProfOsinbajo, even he had to deal with the rumours — Some people reached out to him to consider them to be his Vice President because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot; we discussed it when he visited me while I was convalescing.
VIDEO: “ President @MBuhari’s response to the rumors [by ignorant and irreligious people] of him being cloned.
“…Somebody just thought I am cloned, …it is real me I sure you.” pic.twitter.com/TCU6Bzziw4
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 2, 2018
The repeated claims, spread on social media and in YouTube videos, alleged that the Nigerian leader was an impostor named “Jubril”.
According to a statement issued by the president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said:
“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health.”
The leader branded those behind the rumours “irreligious” and “ignorant”, but said later in a tweet that they were “not surprising”.
It comes after Mr Buhari spent a large part of last year being treated for a serious illness in London.