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TOWARDS 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND THE “JUBRIL FROM SUDAN” CLONING NONSENSE

“I think no one realised how hard cloning would be in some species, though relatively easy in others: cats: easy; dogs: hard; mice: easy; rats: hard; humans and other primates: very hard” – Professor Harris Lewin (UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology)

Sometime last year, fugitive Nnamdi Kanu (leader of the IPOB) started a rumor about the death of President Muhammadu Buhari in London and how his doctors replaced him with a cloned man, a certain Sudanese called Jubril (no surname) who is between 45 and 55 years old. According to Mr. Kanu and his conspirators, the man now in Aso Rock is a cloned version of the real Muhammadu Buhari who became Nigeria’s president in 2015. It is December 2018, more than a year after Nnamdi Kanu made this claim, and his cheap spin has taken a life of it’s own seeing that many people, including educated folks who should know, believed him and are running with it.

On November 11 2018, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode; a former Minister of Aviation wrote on Twitter that: “The true identity of the man in the villa that claims to be Buhari will only be made known after he is defeated and steps down from power. When that happens, Nigerians will be shocked to the marrow. In 2015, I warned about his fake certificate. Today, i warn about his fake identity”. If this is true, why should Mr. Fani-Kayode, who always says he is a patriotic Nigerian, wait until after the 2019 elections before he and his co-travellers expose this ‘treachery’ against our nation? Even a child should see that by saying he’d only reveal the truth after the defeat of the president, the man is been deceitful and has no verifiable evidence to support his claim. If indeed he is truthful, exposing “Jubril from Sudan” before the 2019 presidential elections would be for the benefits of his political party; the PDP. Why wait till after the elections? See eh, if you are one of those who believe Nnamdi Kanu and Fani-Kayode, you can as well start doubting your own existence as a human.

For those who may not know, (human) cloning is the process of producing genetically identical individuals of an organism – and in this case, artificially. According to Wikipedia, to successful clone a human or other primates, you need two cells from the same animal – one of which is an egg cell from which you’ve removed the DNA. You then take the DNA from the other somatic cell and put it inside the devoid-of-DNA egg cell. From this commonsensical explanation, you’d readily see that what Nnamdi Kanu actually mean is that “Jubril from Sudan” is President Buhari’s doppelganger (one who completely resembles another) and not a human clone – because human cloning, as explained by Professor Lewin above, is currently impossible mission.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Krakow, Poland and yesterday, he denied the claim that he is not who he is. President Buhari was quoted as saying: “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong. Alot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice President to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot and of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing”. It is good Mr. President finally spoke about this mischief makers lie – but why does the president speak about key issues only when he is abroad? This continuing behavior is disrespectful to Nigerians.

It is shameful and totally embarrassing to see that some educated people; people who should be able to identify a cheap political and partisan spin, actually believe this nonsense “Jubril from Sudan” tale and are actually spreading it. If Nnamdi Kanu, Femi Fani-Kayode and those who believe them mean well for the country, let them provide evidence because those “before and after” pictures circulating the social media, particularly that one of the different hands used in signing documents is a laughable and a nonsensical ‘evidence’ that the man in the Aso Rock Villa is “Jubril from Sudan” and not President Muhammadu Buhari.

© Chad Otsapa 2010

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