>> Is this man the same person as this man? On the left is Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at his inauguration in 2015. On the right, footage from Sunday in which Buhari or, if you believe the online gossip, a lookalike claiming to be Buhari addressed rumors of his demise.
>> It's really me, I assure you.>>
The Nigerian President faces a tight election battle to be reelected in February. But videos that have been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook allege that Buhari has been replaced by a Sudanese clone called Djibril. Such claims have also been repeated by some opposition figures.
And stem from the five months Buhari spent in Britain last year being treated for an undisclosed illness. At a conference in Poland on Sunday Buhari said the rumors are not surprising because there are those that wished he was dead.>>
>> I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I am still going strong.
>> He said those spreading information to the country were ignorant and irreligious.