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Reports of Buhari’s death exaggerated?

Hollywood offers a precedent of a fake lookalike president —the 1993 movie Dave — though Nigerian conspiracy theorists seem to prefer citing the 1997 tale of surgically swapped identities, Face/Off.

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Dec 04, 2018, 10.58 PM IST
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has apparently recovered from a prolonged spell of ill-health, should have reminded his doubting compatriots of Twain’s words instead of merely asserting.
Mark Twain lived before the era of fake news but could well have anticipated the phenomenon when he reportedly told a journal that “I can understand perfectly how the report of my illness got about, I have even heard on good authority that I was dead” — a comment that has boiled down to the more popular sentence, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has apparently recovered from a prolonged spell of ill-health, should have reminded his doubting compatriots of Twain’s words instead of merely asserting, “I can assure you all that this is the real me”, as rumours continue to swirl that he is actually a Sudanese clone named Jubril. This unusual clarification will only fuel the presumption that only an imposter would feel the need to deny such a ridiculous charge anyway.

Hollywood offers a precedent of a fake lookalike president —the 1993 movie Dave — though Nigerian conspiracy theorists seem to prefer citing the 1997 tale of surgically swapped identities, Face/Off.

As a Chinese scientist has declared that he has engineered a ‘gene-edited’ baby, there is no telling what secret laboratories may be producing elsewhere, so a quick remake of both movies may be timely. It may be far more effective during Nigeria’s presidential elections in February than just fake news.
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