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It’s Not Funny Being Called Jibrin from Sudan, Says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it is not funny that he was rumoured dead five years ago and replaced with a clone, popularly called Jibrin from Sudan.

The president, who was speaking in a documentary, tagged, “Celebrating a patriot, a leader, an elder statesman” and shown on Friday in Abuja, at a private dinner organised by his family and associates, as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday.

Answering questions about the rumour, which spread after he returned from a prolonged medical trip abroad, Buhari said, “Yes! People said I am somebody from Sudan. I didn’t bother with the name. Nigerians have mischievous ways of explaining themselves.”

Asked if he found it amusing, he replied, “No. It’s not funny. Because, those who made those statements, they just want to be cheeky. They want to distract attention from the main issue,” he stressed.

Buhari, also, about four years ago, while speaking in Poland, said, “a lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. It is real me… I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.”

Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, also had cause to react and said “It is idiotic to say the President is cloned.

“So, the same Jibrin that was cloned from Sudan or Chad is in Chad now? Isn’t that stupid?

“They even said he is from Chad. Yet, the same President is in Chad as we speak. The same Jibrin is remembering what the President did while in Petroleum Trust Fund and he is also remembering what he did when he was head of state between 1983 and 1985.

“All the ministers do not know who is before them when they attend the Federal Executive Council meeting? The president remembers memos he had seen or heard about in 1985 and we say he is cloned.

“So, Jibrin from Chad or Sudan will now remember all of these? It is too silly for the government to respond to this. It must be ignored,” he said.

Secessionist and leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had fuelled the rumour, when he was still on the run outside the country.

In 2018, speaking in a special radio broadcast from Israel, he emphasised that, “Jibrin is NOT a biological clone but a body-double, another human being, an impersonator from Sudan, who resembles Buhari, then underwent a few plastic surgeries to make the resemblance closer and got coached to speak and act like the real Buhari.

“First, Buhari was about 75 years when he assumed the presidency in 2015. He looked very much his age and appeared noticeably frail shriveled due to the ravaging ailments that eventually saw to his demise.

“On the other hand, Jibrin is about 50 years old and it shows in his gait, his vibrancy, and the smoother tone of his face and skin. There’s also the slight difference earlobes between the two men.

Even after the president was interviewed by a team of Arise TV last year, he still reacted to an article written by one of the anchors, Dr. Reuben Abati, asking him to identify the Buhari that was interviewed, from a collection of 12 photographs he presented.

“Could you kindly tell the world, from the collection below, which version of …@MBuhari you interviewed?

“The man you interviewed, did he speak #Fulfude? Did you ask him about the hole in his neck or his Kpomo ear?

“Eyes are useless when the mind is blind,” Kanu said.

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