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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies dying and being replaced by Sudanese clone

03 December 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the rumours of his death, while he was on medical vacation outside the country in 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said those who felt he had died during his medical vacation in the United Kingdom in 2017, asked Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to make them his deputy.

Speaking on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in the country, he said his deputy, Buhari said Osinbajo "received a lot of embarrassment".

Claims about the president's identity emerged a month after Buhari returned from another lengthy medical trip to London.

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"It's the real me, I assure you", Buhari - and not the Sudanese body double who supposedly had taken his place - said Sunday in Poland, where he was attending the UN COP24 climate summit.

His office circulated the statement in an email titled "It's Real Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation".

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But last week, the federal government through the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the claim as idiotic and that those peddling the rumour were not worthy of getting government reaction.

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"Yes, a lot of people had hoped that l was dead and call the Vice President and asked whether he should consider them because they thought l was dead". We have virtually stopped the importation of food especially rice and we are saving a lot of money. "It is not easy financing the war against terrorism". I am not a male chauvinist.

Nnamdi Kanu who also slammed Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, over a purported reluctance on his part to tell Nigerians the "truth" about his principal, accused the presidency of shielding the President from getting into close proximity with the troops during his recent visit to Maiduguri so as not to blow his cover as a "fake".

The event was organised and anchored by the senior special assistant to the president on Diaspora matters, Hon Abike Dabiri.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies dying and being replaced by Sudanese clone