By Wisdom Peter,
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Kraków, Poland responds to a question of him being cloned.
Recently, critics have taken to the media, speculating that President Buhari is dead that he is not the man in Aso Rock.
They go on to say that the man in Aso Rock is one Jibrin from Sudan.
The earliest online mention of the claim found by AFP was in a video posted by Twitter user @sam_ezeh on September 3, 2017. The video has since been shared more than 5,000 times on Facebook and Twitter.
In it, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Nnamdi Kanu, speaks to his supporters and says Buhari had actually died.
“The man you are looking at in the television is not Buhari… His name is Jubril, he’s from Sudan. After extensive surgery they brought him back,” he says.
In separate broadcasts on the outlawed pirate radio station Radio Biafra, Kanu has called Buhari “Jubril
But on each occasion, he gave no evidence for the claim. The IPOB leader is a fervent critic of Buhari and the Nigerian government.
His movement wants a separate independent state for the Igbo people who dominate southeast Nigeria.
Despite the lack of evidence, the claim has been picked up by other opponents of Buhari, who in February next year is seeking a second, four-year term of office.
But Buhari, when asked about this rumours in Poland responded, saying, “A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. It is real me but they could not stand the reality of my renewed strength. … I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.”
“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,” he said.
The problem with fake news is that it is potentially a weapon of mass destruction. It is true that corruption
can kill Nigeria. But perhaps corruption is a slow virus.
The plague that took apart Rwanda in a few months in 1994 was not corruption. It was hatred spawned by fake news. It was the fake news about the existence of weapon off mass destruction that brought Iraq to precipitate ruins – Dr Ugoji Egbujo wrote.
Egbujo wrote saying, Fakes news , like weeds , must abound. But if allowed to flourish only in beer parlors and motor parks then the society may not be harmed. Real damage is risked when fake news takes residence in government houses and houses of God. And when it occupies radio and television stations. Ordinary people took part in the holocaust and roasted ordinary people. Deliberate insistent misinformation was all that was needed.
Let’s abstain from Fake news and Hatred.