We reported that while Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated that it was "idiotic" to contemplate that the President was cloned, President Buhari himself yesterday told the Nigerian community in Poland that he was the real person and not a clone.
The rumours emerged after Mr Buhari, who has always been dogged by questions about his health, spent months in the United Kingdom a year ago seeking medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
Some people thought he had been "cloned", but "it's [the] real me, I assure you", Buhari said.
Some Nigerians viewed the president's statement as dubious, claiming that a true leader would quash the rumours right before his compatriots in Nigeria - something a clone apparently would not do. "The ignorant rumors are not surprising - when I was away on medical vacation previous year a lot of people hoped I was dead".
President Buhari, who is in Poland to attend the UN Climate Change Conference COP24, reaffirmed that "no territory of Nigeria is under the control of Boko Haram terrorists".
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari holds a press conferencence Washington DC
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has replied the Federal Government, FG on claims that Buhari was cloned.
But Buhari told the Nigerians living in the European nation that he would soon celebrate his 76th birthday, adding that "a lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health".
You need not be an Einstein or a native doctor to know the man in Poland is not Buhari. Another rumor suggests that the top seat is now occupied by an impostor, namely an imaginative Jibril Aminu of Sudan. He has been in ill health throughout his presidency.
"Poor Professor Yemi Osinbajo, even he had to deal with the rumours - some people reached out to him to consider them to be his Vice-President because they assumed I was dead".
The government's reluctance to say anything about Mr Buhari's medical status has helped fuel rumours about the president's condition. A military coup brought him to power in 1983, and another military coup toppled him two years later. Military rule in Nigeria ended in 1999. "I only get harassed by my grand children because they are getting too many", he said.
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