Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been forced to deny claims by opposition figures that he has died and been replaced by a Sudanese body-double called ‘Jubril’.
At a UN conference in Poland last Sunday the 76-year-old president directly addressed the rumors, which have been widely circulating on Nigerian social media since September 2017.
President Clone’s Illness Undisclosed
President Buhari has been beset by ill-health since taking on the Nigerian presidency in 2015. In 2017 he was forced to take three months medical leave, in order to receive treatment in London, UK for an undisclosed medical condition.
The outlandish rumors seem to have emerged around this time, originally as an online joke which has since taken a life of itself own.
President Buhari claims he is now in good health and is seeking reelection in next February’s presidential elections.
But Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra Party (IPOB), a political organization that wants to reestablish the short-lived independent state of Biafra, has been active on social media promoting the rumors that President Buhari is a face-swapped Sudanese impostor.
Here we have a supposed old man between 76-85 yrs that suddenly switched his writing hand from left to right.
Could the @AsoRock handlers of Jubril clarify this mix-up?
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) November 25, 2018
A widely shared image of the right-handed President Buhari apparently signing documents with his left hand, has been touted as ‘proof’ that a presidential clone or surgically-altered lookalike has taken over the presidency.
The image was swiftly debunked by a reverse image search, revealing the original image of the president using his habitual right-hand which had been digitally altered.
Undeterred, social media users have pointed to the 1997 John Travolta movie Face/Off as an example of how the presidential deception could have been carried out.
President Clone Faces February Vote
Clone or no clone, President Buhari’s main opposition rival in next year’s elections, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, looks set to make the current president’s uncertain health status a key campaign issue.
At just 72-years-old, the successful businessman Abubakar has not publicly commented on his rival’s alleged face-swap/ replacement by clone.
But in denying rumors that he has been swapped for a left-handed Sudanese clone, President Buhari may be playing directly into the hands of the opposition by drawing attention to his fragile health in the run-up to what is already promising to be a hard-fought election campaign.
It’s also exactly what a face-swapped Sudanese clone would say…
Other Clones We Have Known
A surprising number of celebrities find themselves in the clone-zone. They might moan, but if you get to be well-known chances are someone thinks you’ve been replaced by a clone.
The granddaddy of all celeb-impostor conspiracies, rumors have circulated since the mid-1960s that everyone’s third-favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney, died in a car crash some time before the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Depending on how much access to advanced biotechnology you believe mid-60s pop acts had access to back in day, Paul was either replaced by a dude named Billy Shears or by a complete clone of himself… also called Billy Shears. Or possibly by someone named ‘Faul’. Which has always been a completely typical human name, you’ve just forgotten all the times you’ve heard it before.
The top-secret clone plot was only revealed by playing the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album backwards, where the super-subtle message ‘Paul Is Dead, miss him, miss him’ was implanted into the song ‘A Day in the Life’.
Sir Paul McCartney actually was replaced with a retired dinnerlady in 1992, but everyone has been too polite to mention it until now.
It is a well-established fact that post-Millennium pop punk sk8ter girl Avril Lavigne was replaced by a body-double called Melissa in 2003.
You don’t go from ‘supporting actress in an Austin Powers sequel’ to Queen Bey in a decade and half without a little of cloning, courtesy of Masonic conspiracy.