Abuja, Nige­ria

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Pres­i­dent is not a clone: Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has fi­nally de­nied a wide­spread ru­mor that he had died and been re­placed by a Su­danese body dou­ble. “I can as­sure you all that this is the real me,” he said this week in Poland at the U.N. cli­mate con­fer­ence. “Later this month, I will cel­e­brate my 76th birth­day. And I’m still go­ing strong!” The pres­i­dent was in Lon­don for much of 2017 re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment—one visit to the U.K. lasted three months—but Buhari never told Nige­ri­ans about the na­ture of his ill­ness. The ru­mors that he had died and been re­placed by a dop­pel­gänger named Jubril went vi­ral in Oc­to­ber, when cam­paign­ing be­gan for the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, with “be­fore and after” pho­tos cir­cu­lat­ing

on so­cial me­dia.

Is this the real Buhari?

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