Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has denied speculations that he had handed on at a London hospital the place he was receiving therapy.
Buhari has made a number of journeys to London for medical therapy since mid-2016. Initially, the presidency claimed he had a “persistent ear an infection”.
A number of high-profile figures in Nigeria, together with a former authorities minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, have claimed that Buhari has died and been changed by a lookalike from Sudan.
Tweets, Fb posts and YouTube movies repeating claims that the president is an imposter referred to as “Jubril” have been shared and considered over 500,000 instances.
Reacting to this, Buhari whereas talking in Poland on Sunday stated the speculations had been all “hopes that he had died”
“It’s me,” Buhari declared, whereas he additionally acknowledged that he’ll “quickly have fun my 76th birthday and I’ll nonetheless go robust.”
Claims about Buhari’s id emerged a month after Buhari returned from one other prolonged medical journey to the British capital.
The earliest on-line point out of the declare was in a video posted by Twitter consumer @sam_ezeh on September 3, 2017.
The video has since been shared greater than 5,000 instances on Fb and Twitter.
In it, the chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) motion, Nnamdi Kanu, speaks to his supporters and says Buhari had truly died.
“The person you’re looking at within the tv just isn’t Buhari… His title is Jubril, he’s from Sudan. After intensive surgical procedure they introduced him again,” he says.
In separate broadcasts on the outlawed pirate radio station Radio Biafra, Kanu has referred to as Buhari “Jubril Al-Sudani”.
However on every event, he gave no proof for the declare.
The IPOB chief is a fervent critic of Buhari and the Nigerian authorities. His motion needs a separate impartial state for the Igbo individuals who dominate southeast Nigeria.
On April 5, 2018, Fani-Kayode, a former authorities particular advisor and minister below president Olusegun Obasanjo, repeated the declare on Twitter.
The hearsay seems to have been fuelled additional by a real-life occasion in Might 2018, when a Nigerian diplomat — Habibu Almu — was discovered lifeless within the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Nigeria’s overseas ministry stated on Might 14 that Almu had been “stabbed to demise” and that a Sudanese lady of Nigerian origin had been arrested.
Sudanese police stated the killing didn’t seem like politically motivated however Kanu and others have claimed the demise was linked to an obvious cover-up of Buhari’s demise.
Reacting to the allegation of an impostor in Aso Rock, the Private Assistant to President Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, stated the intelligence of some Nigerians has been insulted by the outrageous lies that the president is a physique double.