Log in
Free: The Observer Mobile App - Exclusive Content and Services

Nigeria's Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike

Nigeria President Buhari

Nigeria President Buhari

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months.

Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain last year being treated for an undisclosed illness. One theory widely aired on social media - and by some political opponents - was that he had been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan called Jubril.

No evidence has been presented, but videos making the claim have still been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook.

"It's real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong," Buhari told Nigerians in a town hall session in Poland, where he was attending a conference, when asked about Jubril.

"A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health," he said, adding that those who spread the rumor were "ignorant and irreligious."

The presidency circulated Buhari's comments in an emailed statement entitled "It's Real Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation."

Comments

0 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-12-03 18:23
Really, did he have to deny that he is not yet dead, a public appearance would be enough without saying a word.

That notwithstanding, all is not well, the guy must be at the verge of death which in my view is normal, no need for public relations on death
Report to administrator
0 #2 Lakwena 2018-12-04 09:41
Why don't African leaders face up to the reality of advanced age, vis-a-vis ill health and retire? Is it the fear of poverty or that of imprisonment, because of embarrassment owing to crime committed against countrymen. women and children.

In other words, it is self-deception and foolishness of the highest order for any leader to try and impress the country that he is still strong and normal, yet falling apart and on drip/life-support.
Report to administrator

Comments are now closed for this entry

Bunga Bet