Muhammadu Buhari wearing a hat: Muhammadu Buhari, seen addressing the UN earlier this year, has been hounded by rumours that he is dead, replaced by a clone

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Muhammadu Buhari, seen addressing the UN earlier this 12 months, has been hounded by rumours that he’s lifeless, changed by a clone

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday denied claims that he had died and been changed by a Sudanese impostor or a clone, breaking his silence on a hearsay that has circulated on social media for months.

Mr Buhari, who’s operating for re-election in February, spent 5 months in Britain final 12 months being handled for an undisclosed sickness.

One concept extensively aired on social media – and by some political opponents – was that he had been changed by a lookalike from Sudan known as Jubril.

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No proof has been offered, however movies making the declare have nonetheless been seen 1000’s of occasions on YouTube and Fb.

“It is actual me, I guarantee you. I’ll quickly have a good time my 76th birthday and I’ll nonetheless go robust,” Mr Buhari informed Nigerians in a city corridor session in Poland, the place he was attending a convention, when requested about Jubril.

“Lots of people hoped that I died throughout my unwell well being,” he mentioned, including that those that unfold the hearsay had been “ignorant and irreligious”.

The presidency circulated Mr Buhari’s feedback in an emailed assertion entitled “It is Actual Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation”.

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The hearsay was first noticed on Twitter late final 12 months, however has appeared throughout a number of platforms, fanned at occasions by opposition politicians.

Social media customers have claimed Mr Buhari could be seen writing together with his proper hand in a single {photograph} and his left in one other.

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The hearsay was additional fuelled by a real-life occasion in Could this 12 months, when a Nigerian diplomat – Habibu Almu – was discovered lifeless within the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

Nigeria’s overseas ministry mentioned on Could 14 that Almu had been “stabbed to dying” and {that a} Sudanese lady of Nigerian origin had been arrested.

Sudanese police mentioned the killing didn’t seem like politically motivated however conspiracy theorists have claimed the dying was linked to an obvious cover-up of Mr Buhari’s dying


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