President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Poland told Nigerians that he was not cloned that the ignorant rumours were not surprising.
“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,’’ he tweeted.
“Poor @ProfOsinbajo, 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.’’
Buhari who would be 76-year-old on December 15, 2018 said: “I can assure you all that this is the real me. Later this month I will celebrate my 76th birthday. And I’m still going strong!’’
President Buhari promised he would celebrate his birthday.
“I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday,’’ President Buhari stated on Sunday in a tweet.
Earlier, Buhari commended the Super Falcon for the defeat of their South Africa’s counterpart Banyana Banyana.
“I commend the coaching crew, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Supporters Club and all football-loving Nigerians for the hard work and the support given to our heroic Super Falcons. I have never doubted the capacity of Nigerians to excel when given the right support.’’
Mischief makers in the opposition have been peddling rumour that President Buhari had died and that he had been cloned.
They said President Buhari was actually Jubril from Sudan who is now acting as Nigerian president.
He reacted to the rumour for the first time on Sunday in Poland where he is attending Climate Change conference.
President Buhari is currently in Katowice, Poland, to attend the 24th session of the Climate Change Conference known as the Parties (COP24).
The COP24 Summit, taking place at the International Conference Centre (MCK) and the adjacent Spodek Arena in Katowice, is convened under the Presidency of Poland.
According to the organisers, the conference is expected to finalise the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) – the rule book for implementation.
President Buhari will deliver a national statement highlighting Nigeria’s commitment to addressing climate change by implementing the goals set out in its National Determined Contributions, Adesina said.
The president would also use the occasion to accentuate Nigeria’s willingness to work with international partners to reverse the negative effects of climate change in Africa and the world over.
He said President Buhari would be expecting that developed nations scale up their emission reduction activities in order to limit the increase in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees centigrade between now and 2020.