According Buhari said; “Poor Prof Osinbajo (his deputy). 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”.
There have been rumours bordering on the identity of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some members of the Nigerian public actually believe that Buhari died during one of his medical trips to London and was replaced by a clone called Jubril from Sudan. The presidency was forced to react to what had become widespread and maintsream.
On Sunday, December 2, 2018, President Buhari responded to the rumours during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Krakow, Poland, where he is attending the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (#COP24) which is under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (#UNFCCC).
Here are 4 ways Buhari dealt with stories that he has been cloned and replaced with a lookalike….
1. People who spread the rumours are ignorant
According to Buhari, it is ignorant and satanic to say he is a clone from Sudan or anywhere else for that matter.
“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Those who spread the rumour are ignorant and irreligious”, the president said.
2. Buhari says he was not surprised by what the tale bearers were able to come up with
“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”, he said.
3. Some politicians were already fighting over how to become Osinbajo’s vice president, believing that Buhari was dead
There was already a power play among the political class over who should be Osinbajo’s vice president.
In other words, the lobbying for the VP position was intense.
Buhari said; “Poor Prof Osinbajo (his deputy). 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”.
4. Buhari says he’s going strong and he’ll be around for a while
In the president’s words: “I can assure you all that this is the real me. Later this month I will celebrate my 76th birthday. And I’m still going strong!”