Pres­i­dent tells vot­ers ‘I’m alive!’

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NIGE­RIA’S Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has de­nied claims that he had DIED and was re­placed by a Su­danese im­pos­tor.

Buhari ( above), who is run­ning for re-elec­tion in Fe­bru­ary, spent five months in Bri­tain last year be­ing treated for 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 said in Poland on Sun­day, where he was at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence.

“A lot of peo­ple hoped that I died dur­ing my ill health. I was in Lon­don con­va­lesc­ing,’’ he said, adding that those who spread the ru­mour were “ig­no­rant and ir­re­li­gious”. A LON­DON by-law of 1351 pro­hib­ited boys from play­ing prac­ti­cal jokes on MPs.

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