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Nigerian president denies claims he's been replaced by clone

NOT A CLONE: Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has denied claims he has died

THE PRESIDENT of Nigeria has denied claims that he died and has been replaced by a clone.

Speaking at meeting with Nigerians in Poland, Muhammadu Buhari addressed speculation that he was no longer alive and had been replaced by an imposter from Sudan called Jubril.

“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,” Buhari said in a video clip of the event posted by his Twitter account.

Buhari said that some had even contacted the vice president asking him to consider them for the post, believing that he would be appointing someone to be his deputy.

The 75-year-old said that must have embarrassed the vice president a lot because “he visited me when I was in London convalescing’’.

He called the rumours “ignorant” and “irreligious”.

Buhari, who turns 76 this month, is planning on running for re-election in February. Last year he spent five months in Britain receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

The lack of transparency about his health has fuelled interest and support of conspiracy theories so much so that the president felt he had to respond to them.

On social media, videos speculating over his death have garnered thousands of views.

He tweeted: “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!”

Buhari said the only people harassing him were his grandchildren. ‘‘If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many,” he said.

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