President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to old claims that he was dead and replaced with a body double named Jibril from Sudan, insisting that he did not deem the joke funny.
Addressing a gathering at an event organised for his 80th birthday, Buhari said the dark rumour was the handiwork of some mischief makers who thrived on what they did not understand.
Asked by the interviewer if he heard about the crazy rumour a while back that he was not Buhari, he replied smiling, “Yes! People said I am somebody from Sudan. I didn’t bother with the name. Nigerians have mischievous ways of explaining themselves.”
Also asked whether he finds such things funny, the President said: “No. It’ is not funny because those who made those statement, they just want to be cheeky. They want to distract attention from the main issue.
The President who is in the final year of his tenure also said he would not miss the Aso Rock too much as he had done his best for the country, despite it being considered not enough.
“I wonder if I am going to miss much. I think I’m being harassed. I believe I’m trying my best but still my best is not good enough. Because there are people around that think that they can intimidate me to get what they want instead of going through certain systems to earn whatever they want to earn. And they are some people who want to be clever by half.”