Nigerian president insists he is not a clone

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari refuted claims he had been replaced by a lookalike impostor called Jubril

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari refuted claims he had been replaced by a lookalike impostor called Jubril More

Buhari referred to those spreading the rumors as "ignorant" and "irreligious". That embarrassed him a lot; we discussed it when he visited me while I was convalescing.

The government's reluctance to say anything about Mr Buhari's medical status has helped fuel rumours about the president's condition. "Else, Nigerians will have to wait for memoirs in years to come, when the nation would have moved on".

While social media rumours about heads of state and celebrities being replaced by lookalikes or clones are not uncommon it is rare that a prominent figure is called upon to respond to them.

His absence prompted intense speculation in the country about the President's health and many false reports circulated online saying he had died.

Some rumors identify Jibril as a Chadian replacement for the Nigerian president. "I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong", said Buhari during a town hall meeting in Poland.

Buhari said Monday at the UN Climate Change conference in Poland that no country can fight climate change on its own and called for global support to save the receding Lake Chad and ensure its safety from Boko Haram fighters.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday promised that he will no longer complain about the problems his administration met on ground at the inception of the current administration. "It's [the] real me; I assure you", Buhari added.

Rumours about his demise spread across Nigeria a year ago, when the president spent five months on medical leave in London to treat an undisclosed illness. In April, he wrote on Twitter: "Buhari is dead and he never came back from London".

Deadly attacks against the Nigerian military are on the rise.

The president commended Nigerians in Poland for maintaining good relationships with their host communities despite such cases of hostilities and racial discrimination.

In his remarks, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Poland, Mr Eric Adagogo Bell-Gam, praised Nigerians living in Poland for being worthy ambassadors of the country.

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