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Nigerian president denies being replaced by clone

'It's the real me, I assure you'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to attend a visit at the Orsay Museum in Paris. File Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to attend a visit at the Orsay Museum in Paris. File Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months.

In an emailed statement entitled "It's Real Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation", denied claims made in YouTube and Facebook videos - as well as by some political opponents - that he had been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan called Jubril.

Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain last year being treated for an undisclosed illness.

"It's real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong," Buhari told Nigerians in a town hall session in Poland, where he was attending a conference, when asked about Jubril.

"A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health," he said, adding that those who spread the rumour were "ignorant and irreligious".

The presidency circulated Buhari's comments in an emailed statement entitled "It's Real Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation".

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