Nigerian President Buhari denies death and body double rumours

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Mr Buhari stated the ones spreading rumours about his well being and identification have been “ignorant and irreligious”

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has denied a hearsay claiming he had died and been changed via a lookalike.

Some folks concept he have been “cloned”, however “it is [the] actual me, I guarantee you,” Mr Buhari stated on Sunday.

Rumours that he have been changed with a frame double referred to as “Jubril” from Sudan have been broadly shared on-line.

Mr Buhari, who is looking for re-election in February subsequent 12 months, has been beset via in poor health well being since entering place of work in 2015.

The 76-year-old used to be on “scientific go away” in the United Kingdom for 3 months in 2017. He later published after his go back to Nigeria that “I’ve by no means been so in poor health”, however didn’t reveal what he used to be affected by.

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In line with an AFP Reality Test investigation the rumours started past due ultimate 12 months and feature gave the impression on Fb, Twitter and YouTube. Posts selling the rumours were seen greater than 500,000 occasions.

A former aide to Mr Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan is without doubt one of the prime profile people who have promoted the rumours.

Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of secessionist workforce Indigenous Folks of Biafra (Ipob), has additionally been fuelling the rumours, AFP discovered.

In a single example, Mr Kanu shared two photographs of Mr Buhari, one reversed, to allege that the Nigerian chief, who’s right-handed, used to be the use of his left hand – “proving” that that intended he used to be a frame double.

A scene from the 1997 movie “Face/Off” has additionally been utilized by the ones selling the rumours to turn how a useless Buhari’s face can have been transplanted to a frame double.

Mr Buhari, who’s in Poland attending a UN local weather exchange convention, used to be requested concerning the rumours throughout a gathering with Nigerians within the nation.

His private assistant shared a video of his resolution:

He stated the ones spreading the rumours about his well being and identification have been ”ignorant and irreligious.”

”A large number of folks was hoping that I died throughout my in poor health well being. Some even reached out to the vice-president to imagine them to be his deputy as a result of they assumed I used to be useless.

“That embarrassed him so much and naturally, he visited me when I used to be in London improving‚Ķ It is [the] actual me; I guarantee you,” he added.

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