After ostensibly ignoring rumours on his ‘death’ and his ‘look-alike’, Jibrin of Sudan, President Muhammmadu Buhari yesterday aforementioned the sponsors of the rumour as “ignorant and irreligious”,
There have been rumours that Buhari was dead and therefore the person occupying the seat is another person or a clone, a Jibrin from Sudan or Niger.
The government has been warning Nigerians to shun such news, stressing the implication of such news.
Reacting to the rumours of his clone for the, Buhari mentioned that many had hoped he was dead throughout his unhealthiness.
The President was responding to a matter from a Nigerian at a United Nations agency who needed to understand if he was the real Buhari or Jibril from Sudan, at a government building meeting in urban center, Poland.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and promotional material, Garba Shehu, the President said: “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.’’
He added: “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.”
The President mentioned he was celebrating his 76th birthday on Dec.17 and jocularly added: ‘‘If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many.’’
He told his audience that his administration can still maintain focus and deliver on the 3 focal points of his campaign in 2015: security, economy and therefore the fight against corruption.
‘‘Those within the Northeast can tell you that in spite of the recent setbacks, there’s a distinction between the time we came and before.
‘‘We don’t seem to be doing badly on security, economy and agriculture. we’ve nearly stopped the importation of food, particularly rice and that we area unit saving plenty of cash.
‘‘We currently have food security with financial security and as a result, plenty of young educated folks haven’t regretted going back to the farms and earning a decent living.