Buhari rejects impersonation claims
Publish date: 03 December 2018
Issue Number: 802
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has denied claims that he had died and was replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Buhari, who is running for re-election in February has received extensive medical treatment in the UK. Rumours have circulated widely on social media that he had been replaced by a Sudanese lookalike. ‘It’s the real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,’ Buhari told Nigerians in a town hall session in Poland on Sunday, where he is attending a conference. The Guardian reports that the presidency circulated Buhari’s comments in statement titled ‘It’s Really Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation’. It was also posted to Buhari’s Twitter account which has 1.76m followers.