LONDON – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday quashed a rumour stemming from his ill health that he had died and been replaced by a lookalike impostor from Sudan, his spokesman said.
“It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,” Buhari said as he met with the Nigerian diaspora in Poland, where he is attending the UN COP24 climate summit in Katowice.
Buhari was answering a question from the audience about constant claims widely on social media and YouTube videos, the leader of Africa’s most populous nation was an imposter called “Jubril”.
“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice President to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead,” Buhari said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman Garba Shehu.
He said those who started the rumours were “ignorant” and “irreligious”.
Buhari, is seeking for a second term for the upcoming elections, in 2017 he was in London for treatment for a serious illness, which has never been revealed to the public.
A lack of specific information and rare public appearances have sparked more speculation about his health.
Claims about the president’s identity emerged a month after Buhari returned from another lengthy medical trip to London.
Those pushing the rumour that the president is using a look a like, have labelled as Buhari’s critic’s.
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