Buhari speaks on rumour he’s Jibrin from Sudan


Buhari speaks on rumour he’s Jibrin from Sudan

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he did not find it funny that many of his country’s citizens believed the rumour that he was dead and had been replaced with a lookalike named Jibrin who was from Sudan.

The Nigerian leader spoke in a documentary shown Friday night at a private dinner in Abuja organised by his family and associates to celebrate his 80th birthday. The event was tagged “Celebrating A Patriot, a Leader, an Elder Statesman.”

“Yes! People said I am somebody from Sudan. I didn’t bother with the name. Nigerians have mischievous ways of explaining themselves,”  Buhari said.

When asked if he found the rumour funny, Mr Buhari said: “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.”

The rumour that the president had been replaced by a lookalike called Jibrin, from Sudan, gained notoriety during Mr Buhari’s first term in office when he spent months in a London hospital due to illness.

The rumour was made popular by Nnamdi Kanu, the separatist leader who was then based outside the country.

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