Sunday 22 September 2019

'I'm still going strong' - Nigeria's president denies rumours he died


Alive and well: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari
Alive and well: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

Sam Olukoya

Nigeria's president took the extraordinary step of denying rumours that he died and was replaced by a body double, telling the country that he is alive and well.

"It is the real me I assure you," President Muhammadu Buhari said to a group of Nigerians during a visit to Poland, where he is attending the United Nations Climate Conference.

"A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health," the 75-year-old, who was elected in 2015 and will run for his second term in February despite recent ill-health, said. "I am still going strong."

The government has been tight-lipped about Mr Buhari's health throughout his presidency.

Irish Independent

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