As the unfounded rumour of President Muhammadu Buhari being dead, cloned and replaced by a certain Jubril from Sudan has refused to die a natural death, the President, Muhammadu Buhari eventually reacted in Poland on Sunday, December 2, saying that he is alive and would soon celebrate his 76th birthday.
In his response to a question of him being cloned,” Ahmed Bashar, the president’s spokesperson, said on Twitter. “A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. It is real me… I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.” – President @MBuhari on December 2nd in Kraków, Poland.
It should be recalled that the president’s absence in 2017 prompted intense speculation in the country about his health and many false reports circulated online, saying he had died. Many have said President Buhari was ‘forced to deny he has died and been replaced by a Clone.’ Meanwhile, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, in an interview with journalists in Abuja described the claims as “idiotic”.
Human cloning talks about the creation of a genetically identical copy (or clone) of a human. The term is generally used to refer to artificial human cloning, which is the reproduction of human cells and tissue — It does not refer to the natural conception and delivery of identical twins — the possibility of human cloning has raised controversies. These ethical concerns have prompted several nations to pass laws regarding human cloning and its legality.
Human cloning is currently illegal in virtually all parts of the world, back in 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Declaration on Human Cloning prohibiting all forms of human cloning “in a smuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.” The ruling prohibits both therapeutic cloning, in which cells are cloned from a human for use in medicine and transplants, and reproductive cloning, the practice of creating a living, breathing genetic duplicate.
At a town hall session with Nigerians in Poland, Buhari told the audience he was the “real” president and that the rumors likely came from people who “hoped” he died during a bout of illness last year. Indeed, the rumors that the president had passed and was replaced by one “Jubril,” a Sudanese impostor, made the rounds among fringe political and religious groups on social media but the claims have increasingly gone mainstream in recent weeks in the run-up to February’s elections.
This ‘cloning conspiracy theory’ can be traced back to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who told his followers that Buhari had died. He said “The man you are looking at on the television is not Buhari… His name is Jubril, he’s from Sudan. After extensive surgery they brought him back,” he says. Kanu has separately referred to the supposed lookalike as “Jubril Al-Sudani”.
President Buhari, who’s 75 years old, has suffered undisclosed health issues, giving his opponents an opportunity to spread the theory that Buhari actually died in London while seeking medical attention and was replaced by someone from Sudan named Jubril. The earliest mention of the claim of an impostor was in a Twitter post by user @sam_ezeh on September 3rd, 2017. A video outlining the claim has since been shared more than 5,000 times on Facebook and Twitter.
Last year October 2017, Former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, has insisted that the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, was cloned in London. Asari predicated his claim on the fact that the president struggled to deliver his Independent Day speech.
The former Militant leader maintained that while the president was reading his speech, it would be observed that the “man they have in Aso Rock” was “trying to mimic” the original Buhari. In a video which surfaced online, Dokubo said, “A lot of people have been wishing me happy Independence but I told them not to, because I’m not a Nigerian.
“So this man they have in Aso Rock was speaking, even from his voice, you will know that he was cloned. You know that there is this thing called cloning, most western judo-Christian country pretend to say they banned human cloning except for the purpose of research into health and to save life.” “So we will not be surprised if they did some sort of cloning in all the period this man was incubating in Abuja House in London. The way he was talking, you will notice that he was trying to mimic the original one but he didn’t succeed, we were not deceived.”
Meanwhile in another plot twist, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has told the Federal Government that he never said President Muhammadu Buhari was cloned. He said his message to the world has always been that President Buhari was ‘dead’ and was replaced by another individual, Jubril Aminu Al-Sudani, as a double. Kanu made the clarification during the weekend in a two-and-half hour worldwide radio broadcast from Israel.
“Lai Mohammed re-echoed that sentiment. If you’re not intelligent enough, you will think that Nnamdi Kanu said Buhari was cloned into Jubril (a Sudanese). That was not what I said. I said Jubril is an impostor. They (the cabal) brought him in to act and behave like the ‘dead’ Buhari. I never said he was cloned”
“The introduction of cloning into the narrative was a ploy to confuse the people. I am very grateful that the Sudanese government are doing something about this by investigating the matter”. However, the facts stare at Nigerians in the face, the truth lies in the hands of a few. Nigerians will have to deal with the series of opposition strategies that unavoidably abound especially in this era of campaign for 2019 power.