Nigeria’s President Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike

In Poland, President Buhari dismisses “Jubril from Sudan” cloning tale

Buhari is running for re-election in February and spent five months in Britain a year ago undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness.

The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, denied having died and been replaced by a clone while speaking during a visit to Poland on December 2 for a climate change summit. "It's real me; I assure you". "The ignorant rumors are not surprising - when I was away on medical vacation a year ago a lot of people hoped I was dead". He also said that his vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, had been contacted by people believing the conspiracy theory, which "embarrassed him a lot".

Buhari referred to those spreading the rumors as "ignorant" and "irreligious".

It is real me...

The president noted that it was regrettable that herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country had been politicised, assuring that the Nigerian government would continue to "prioritise security because that is what many investors consider first before investing in the country".

A video of the President answering the question has been uploaded to his Twitter account and has received over 153,000 views. He claims the imposter is near-identical to Buhari with the exception of a cleft ear, broad nose bridge and suspiciously young-looking hands.

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"So, the same Jubril that was cloned from Sudan or Chad is in Chad now?"

The rumours questioning Buhari's identity and speculation of death, have been peddled by several social media users including prominent people, notably Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). [The conspirators] brought him in to act and behave like the "dead" Buhari.

The columnist wrote: "I can report authoritatively that representatives of the Jubril family, having discovered the huge swindle, suddenly showed up in Abuja the other day and demanded to be compensated with a power-sharing arrangement at the federal level in perpetuity, plus 50 percent of Nigeria's oil revenues for ten years in the first instance". Meanwhile, the May murder of a Nigerian diplomat in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum became the seed of the freakish geopolitical suspicion feeding the rumor.

Some rumors identify Jibril as a Chadian replacement for the Nigerian president.

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