'It's the real me': Nigerian president denies he's a clone

'It's the real me': Nigerian president denies he's a clone

Following a satire written by a columnist, Professor Olatunji Dare, about President Muhammadu Buhari's clone identified as Jubril from Sudan, founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said Nigeria may be up for sale.

Rumours about his demise spread across Nigeria previous year, when the president spent five months on medical leave in London to treat an undisclosed illness. The theory went that the president, who is running for reelection in February 2019, had been swapped out with a look-alike from Sudan named Jubril - even that he was "cloned", as he put it in relaying the rumour to his almost 2 million followers on Twitter.

"[The Vice President] visited me when l was convalescing.It is really me, l assure you".

According to an AFP Fact Check investigation, the rumours began late previous year and have appeared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, posts promoting the rumours have been viewed more than 500,000 times. I used to ask them, you want to improve relationships with Nigeria, yet you don't want our people to come. "A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health", he said.

President Muhammmadu Buhari yesterday in Poland spoke on insinuations that he was cloned, saying he is the real Buhari.

Nigeria's Minister of Information was exasperated by calls for government to make a statement on the alleged clone, Alhaji Lai Muhammed cited that rumours have alleged that the Jubril character hails from either Sudan or Chad and that details change, a telltale sign of a crackpot conspiracy theory.

In a clip on Mr Buhari's official Twitter account on Sunday, he addressed what he jokingly referred to as an "important question" about whether he was cloned.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari waves to the crowd during the 58th anniversary celebrations of Nigerian independence, in Abuja, Nigeria. He claims the imposter is near-identical to Buhari with the exception of a cleft ear, broad nose bridge and suspiciously young-looking hands. His claims were shared widely online, often accompanied by videos that appeared to portray a dead Buhari lying in a London hospital.

Do you think the gentle man doth protest too much? Another rumor suggests that the top seat is now occupied by an impostor, namely an imaginative Jibril Aminu of Sudan.

Buhari stated this while responding to the question on if he was cloned. [The conspirators] brought him in to act and behave like the "dead" Buhari.

"The introduction of cloning into the narrative was a ploy to confuse the people".

The rumor has reportedly been fueled by the mysterious death of a Nigerian diplomat in May.

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