- Olusegun Obasanjo has described as "nonsense" the conspiracy theory that President Muhammadu Buhari is cloned
- The former president, however, said Buhari might have changed from the man he knew in the military
- Obasanjo maintained that President Buhari has his weaknesses as reflected in his poor knowledge in the economy
Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, said he does not believe the current Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari is cloned as widely believed by some nationals.
Speaking on Sunday, January 31, the former president described as "nonsense" the growing insinuation that Buhari is dead and the person ruling the country is from Sudan.
The former president said he worked with Buhari and he knows what he "believed was his limitations" which he has addressed in his books and letters, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng recalls that since Buhari returned from the United Kingdom in 2017 after a health scare, a conspiracy theory aimed at misleading Nigerians emerged, claiming the president was a cloned figure.
The campaign of misinformation, led by the leader of a secessionist group IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, also claimed that Buhari was dead in the UK.
Obasanjo said Buhari is still the same person occupying the Aso Rock villa, though he has some weaknesses like poor knowledge in the economy which often brings his leadership style to question.
"I thought I knew President Buhari because he worked with me. But I used to ask people, is it that I have not read him well or read him adequately or is it that he has changed from the Buhari that I used to know?
"I am not subscribing to the people who say we have a new Buhari from Sudan and all that nonsense."
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Femi Adesina, a special adviser to President Buhari, showered a flurry of encomium on his principal as he marked his 78th birthday anniversary.
In a piece released by the president's media adviser on Thursday, December 17, titled "Buhari at 78: If only we knew this president", Adesina described him as "the ramrod straight man from Daura."
Adesina said since the president took over the helms of affairs in 2015, so many people "have chosen to believe the wrong things" about him and have "ossified their minds against the truth."