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President Buhari is not ‘Jibril of Sudan’ – Adesina hammers IPOB
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity says it is witless to believe his principal is dead and has been replaced with a Jubril from Sudan.
In his latest article titled, ‘The Essential Buhari: VP Osinbajo got it!’ Adesina recalled a moment with Buhari in 2017 when the Nigerian leader vividly recognised him.
“I remember that day in August 2017, when the President returned to the country finally from his medical vacation. From January of that year, he had been in and out a couple of times, but spending weeks and months outside, attending to his health. And finally on August 19, he returned home, triumphantly.
“We were at the airport to receive him. I have told the story a number of times, to dispel the idiocy that it was a certain Jibril of Sudan that came back, and not Buhari. The daughter of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, was getting married. And I had attended both the church service and reception, decked in full Yoruba traditional attire of Agbada and a cap to match. Straight from the ceremony, I went to the airport to join the welcome party for the President.
“We the principal aides were on a line to receive the President as he descended from the aircraft. And he shook hands with each person, having one wisecrack or the other to say, as is typical of him. When he got to me, he said, “Adesina, this is the best I’ve seen you dressed.” And we both laughed.
“Jibril of Sudan? How did he know I was Adesina? How would he know how I normally dressed? Idiocy, I say again. But that is just a digression, not the story I really want to tell to support the topic at hand,” part of Adesina’s piece read.
Recalled rumoured death of the president, which has been found to be false and without any proof, is often peddled by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigeous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The rumour is filled in part by the presidency’s refusal to disclose the status of Buhari’s health whenever he goes on a medical trip.
The president had to personally dismiss it in 2018 while speaking at a town hall session with Nigerians in Poland.
“It’s the real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,” the president had said.
”A lot 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.