NEW DELHI: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday quashed claims that he died and was replaced by a clone, breaking his silence on a rumour began to circulate in Nigeria that the 75-year-old national leader had died.
“It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,” Buhari said as he met with the Nigerian diaspora in Poland, where he is attending the UN COP24 climate summit in Katowice. “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”.
He also took to social media platforms to issue a statement to the same effect. Buhari, who is seeking re-election next year, spent a large part of 2017 in London for treatment for a serious illness, which has never been revealed to the public.
His absence prompted intense speculation in the country about the President’s health and many false reports circulated online saying he had died.