President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has finally responded to popular conspiracy theories being bandied about on social media which says he died in 2017 and that the man they think they have as a president now is actually an impostor.
The story has been shared hundreds of times on social media, especially Facebook which was consolidated by a so-called condolence message the Queen of England, Queen Elizebther sent to Nigerians as a tribute. . In December 2018, Buhari himself addressed the rumours during a meeting with other world leaders in Poland where he said: “Somebody has said I am cloned,” adding in later tweets: “I can assure you all that this is the real me. Later this month I will celebrate my 76th birthday. And I’m still going strong!”
One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not. The ignorant rumours are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead. pic.twitter.com/SHTngq6LJU
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 2, 2018
Apparently, our findings backed an international source reveals the photo of Queen Elizabeth writing the alleged condolence letter in the false posts was actually a picture taken in 2015 during the launch event for the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. There is no record of her sending a condolence letter to Buhari’s family in 2017, and the online reports of her doing so appear to come from unofficial blogging platforms.