Who is fueling the allegations of President Buhari’s death?
- December 3, 2018
“When I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari made this remark while addressing Nigerians during his recent visit to Poland.
This statement came amidst rumours questioning Buhari’s identity and speculation of his death, which have been peddled by several social media users including prominent people, notably Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“The man you are looking at in the television is not Buhari… His name is Jubril, he’s from Sudan. After extensive surgery they brought him back,” Kanu told his supporters in 2017.
Buhari said the rumours were fueled by people who wished for his death, when he took sick leave last year.
“One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not. The ignorant rumours are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead,” the State Head said in a statement on his social media handle.
“Poor Professor 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. That embarrassed him a lot; we discussed it when he visited me while I was convalescing,” he added.
“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. It is real me… I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.”
While no evidence has been presented, videos making the claim have still been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook.
The global news agency, AFP recently tested the claims including photos and videos posted by people who say Nigeria is currently being governed by an impostor from Sudan called ‘Jubril Al-Sudani’.
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