Jubril, which sounds subliminally like “you be real,” is a great name for a made-up imposter. President Buhari, however, cleared up recently that he is the real deal, not Jubril, he is himself, and, furthermore, he will “still go strong” when he soon turns 76 years old.
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.
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Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain last year being treated for an undisclosed illness. One theory widely aired on social media – and by some political opponents – was that he had been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan called Jubril.
No evidence has been presented, but videos making the claim have been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook.
“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 was attending a conference, when asked about Jubril.
All other world leaders should step up now. Are they who they say? They should all have to say, otherwise, how will we know? 😉