By Ngozi Ekhator
President Muhammmadu Buhari on Sunday in Poland, told Nigerians resident in the country that the trending rumour that h had been cloned, was a lie, saying: “It is real me, l assure you”.
His interaction with Nigerians was the President’s first official engagement ahead of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place in the country between December 2 and 4, 2018.
According to him, a lot of people had hoped he was dead during the period of his ill-health.
President Buhari, while responding to a question from a Nigerian who wanted to know if he was the real Buhari or the much talked about Jibril from Sudan, at the town hall meeting in Krakow on Sunday evening, said, “A lot of people had hoped that l died during my ill health. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday, l am strong”
The President described the sponsors of the rumour as “ignorant and irreligious”.
“Yes, a lot of people had hoped that l was dead and call the Vice President and asked whether he should consider them because they thought l was dead.
“He visited me when l was convalescing . It is real me, l assure you. I will soon celebrate my seventy sixth birthday and l am still going strong. I only get harassed by my grand children, they are getting too many” he said.
President Buhari had expressed his happiness with the report by the Nigerian Ambassador to Poland, Eric Adagogo Bell-Gam, also told the audience that his administration had degraded Boko Haram who used to control about 17 local governments, but now use hit and run method to attack innocent citizens.
“This is because they understand the terrain better. It is not easy financing the war against terror”
The President, while lamenting the status of Infrastructure, said they were nothing to write home about as at the time they took over power, adding that “ but now, we have been fighting that”.
On the economy, the President said Nigeria has virtually stopped the importation of food, especially rice.
“ I am trying to save a lot of money, l only go out when it is necessary. My priority is to secure Nigeria.”
Responding to question on the failing standard of education, he said he was always upset seeing little children carrying plates begging for food.
“I am always upset when l see little children taking bowls about begging for food. They are being denied education. Educated people are removed from ethnicity and religious politics, which is a major problem we are having in our country”, he said.
*President Muhammadu Buhari interacting with Nigerians resident in Poland…on Sunday, December 2, 2018