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“It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday” – Buhari says in response to cloning allegation

President Muhamadu Buhari with Nigerians in Krakov, Poland

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, reacted to a trending allegation that he was not the real Buhari.

Rumour has it that the real Buhari is dead, while the person acting as Buhari was one Jubril Aminu from Sudan.

Buhari however vehemently denied the allegation, saying that those spreading the fake story were ignorant and irreligious.

“It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong”, he said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.

President Buhari’s statement came as a response to a question during an interactive session with Nigerian community in Poland.

He was reportedly asked whether he was the real Buhari Nigerians elected in 2015.

“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice- President (Prof. Yemi Osinbajo) to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead.

“That embarrassed him (Osinbajo) a lot and of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing… It’s real me; I assure you.”

“If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many,” he said.

He further noted that he would continue to deliver on his campaign promises aimed at improving security, the economy and fighting corruption.

“Those in the North-East will tell you that in spite of the recent setbacks, there is a difference between the time we came and before. We are not doing badly on security, economy and agriculture. We have virtually stopped the importation of food, especially rice and we are saving a lot of money.

‘‘We now have food security and that has come with fiscal security because a lot of young educated people have not regretted going back to the farms and earning a respectable living.

“I am afraid, this is not receiving good publicity… but a lot of people in the rural areas are enjoying the benefits of our interventions in agriculture.”

Mr. President who is in Poland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) said that there was no territory in Nigeria under Boko Haram control.

Regarding women participation in politics he said; “I have plans for all Nigerians. I am not a male chauvinist. If I am a chauvinist, will I give the Finance Ministry to women?’’ he responded to a question on women representation.

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