Mixed Reactions Trail President Buhari’s Denial Of Being A Clone In Poland
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally reacted to reports that he had been cloned. The Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, said in a Twitter post that Buhari, while addressing Nigerians in Poland, said some people had wished him dead when he was sick for many months.
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JUST IN: “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.” — President @MBuhari this evening in Kraków, Poland. His response to a question of him being cloned.
President Buhari addressed a town hall meeting with the Nigerian community in Poland on Sunday, December 2, 2018 (Presidency). There have been rumours bordering on the identity of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari long before now. Some members of the Nigerian public actually believe that Buhari died during one of his medical trips to London, and was replaced by a clone called Jubril from Sudan.
The African Press (AFP), did a fact check and the president who was attending the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (#COP24), was forced to react to what has become widespread and mainstream. The (#COP24), is under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (#UNFCCC).
According to Buhari, it is ignorant and satanic to say he is a clone from Sudan or anywhere else for that matter. Buhari also stated on his Twitter handle that he was not surprised by what the tale bearers were able to come up with,
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 rumours are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead. There was already a power play among the political class, over who should be Osinbajo’s vice president.
President Buhari who was accompanied to Poland by some state governors, said; “Poor Prof Osinbajo (his deputy). Even he had to deal with the rumours. Some people reached out to him to consider them to be his vice president, because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot; we discussed it when he visited me while I was convalescing”.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted on President Buhari’s response on being cloned, and replaced as Jubril from Sudan. Nigerians on social media, have blasted the President for addressing the issue of being cloned outside Nigeria. They questioned why the President could not respond to the media in Nigeria and instead always prefers to respond to international media on controversial topics in Nigeria.
Here are some comments on various Twitter handles as gathered by Dailpostng:
@gunnaadedeji “I am not just always comfortable with the fact that you always have to address and attend to pressing and controversial issues when you are out of the country. I feel there is something not right about that Sir. Even though, we have always known the cloning thing is unrealistic.”
@Chikaagina01 “It’s good to know that it still you Buhari and not the Jibrin from Sudan as widely postulated by some people. But the question then becomes since it’s Nigerians that saying it, what will it have caused you to explain to Nigerians at home and not foreigners.”
@Stalyf “We asked you questions but you went to respond abroad because you don’t rate us. Anyway, I’m not surprised. That’s exactly who you are. The good news is that you’re going back to Daura in 2019. We are tired of you.”
@Augustinechikei “You decided to address the issue to those outside Nigeria. We in Nigeria don’t deserve your response to the “claim”..? Those ones outside Nigeria will be the ones that will vote for you.”
@Mercyseat001 “This shows how much you value the country you preside over. No press briefing and interview to local press, but you form WOKE to foreign press. Sadly, the press and social media played a major role in your election to Aso Rock in 2015. ”
@Djogunsakin “The fundamental problem with you is that you respond to every critical issue while in foreign land. You keep taking Nigerians at home for granted.“
@Olushola_Shola “You are really not patriotic sir, neither do you have an iota of regard for Nigerians. You never see us fit to address at home or interact with, but always when out of the country you address the people there, and on every occasion you look back to castigate & demean Nigerians at home!
@Umus82 “Clone or duplicate, or whatever they named you, they can not change our love for you. And by Allah you are going to rule Nigeria for the next four years
@Akahpeterz “And you decided to respond to the question in Poland? More reason why people actually believe you are cloned, because only a cloned leader remains afraid of speaking directly to his followers, but not to worry a few more months and both Jubril/Buhari would be NON ESSENTIALS!
@Lagosfinest “It’s real Buhari that attends foreign function but Jubril is for local duties.”
@Iseoluwa64 “It’s a shame that our President only speak on issues when he is out of Nigeria. Are the Aso Rock demons that powerful that he needs to be far away from them to be himself? Perhaps Daura will be a nice retirement option after 28th May, 2019.”
What do you think of these accusations of cloning of President Buhari?