- Is the real Buhari dead? Or in hiding with Tupac and Elvis?
Cloning and gene splicing have come a long way in recent years, even splicing human and pig DNA, but some believe it’s gone far enough to clone whole people – most notably Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari spent long periods of time in London receiving medical treatment in 2017, once being gone for over three months. While in Poland to attend the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24, Buhari attended a conference. The president met with the Nigerian Community in the country.
A Nigerian questioned Buhari’s identity. The citizen asked if he was “Jubril from Sudan”, the name of Buhari’s supposed double.
Buhari responded by calling the claims “ignorant and irreligious”.
‘‘A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice President to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot and of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing… It’s real me; I assure you,’’ he declared.
Buhari became President after his fourth attempt at election since his fall from power in 1985. The president gained power in 1982 during a military coup. A subsequent military coup saw him fall in 1985.
The President of Nigeria is eager for his 76th birthday, posting to Twitter “”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!”
Whether any of this will stem the tide of allegations against Buhari’s identity remains to be seen, though it’s clear that Buhari believes it to be wishful thinking.
“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 rumors are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead.” reads the Nigerian leader’s pinned tweet.
What do you think? Could this be a clone or double of the Nigerian president? Or is it a sign that people will do or say anything to try and discredit their opposition?