Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has denied a hearsay claiming he had died and been replaced by a lookalike.
A Few people idea he had been “cloned”, but “it is the real me, I guarantee you,” Mr Buhari said on Sunday.
Rumours that he had been replaced with a body double referred to as “Jubril” from Sudan were extensively shared online.
Mr Buhari, who is seeking re-election in February subsequent yr, has been beset via in poor health well being because entering administrative center in 2015.
The SEVENTY SIX-12 months-vintage was once on “clinical leave” in the UK for three months in 2017. He later discovered after his return to Nigeria that “i have by no means been so sick”, but did not reveal what he used to be suffering from.
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in line with an AFP Reality Test investigation the rumours began late last 12 months and have gave the impression on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Posts selling the rumours were viewed more than 500,000 times.
A former aide to Mr Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan is a number of the prime profile people who have promoted the rumours.
Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of secessionist staff Indigenous Other People of Biafra (Ipob), has additionally been fuelling the rumours, AFP found.
In one example, Mr Kanu shared photographs of Mr Buhari, one reversed, to allege that the Nigerian chief, who’s right-passed, was the usage of his left hand – “proving” that that intended he used to be a frame double.
A scene from the 1997 film “Face/Off” has additionally been used by the ones selling the rumours to turn how a useless Buhari’s face may just were transplanted to a frame double.
Mr Buhari, who is in Poland attending a UN local weather change conference, was once asked in regards to the rumours all over a gathering with Nigerians within the us of a.
His personal assistant shared a video of his answer:
VIDEO: “ President @MBuhari ’s reaction to the rumors by ignorant and irreligious people of him being cloned.
“…Somebody simply idea i am cloned, …it is actual me I certain you.” pic.twitter.com/TCU6Bzziw4
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 2, 2018
Finish of Twitter put up by @BashirAhmaad
He said the ones spreading the rumours approximately his well being and identity had been ”ignorant and irreligious.”
”A lot of people was hoping that I died throughout my sick health. A Few even reached out to the vice-president to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed i was useless.
“That embarrassed him so much and of course, he visited me whilst i used to be in London getting better… It Is the real me; I assure you,” he introduced.