Why Buhari is not Jibrin of Sudan: Bayo Omoboriowo

Following the long-held rumours that former president Muhammadu Buhari became the “Jibrin of Sudan” after his health battle and lengthy medical treatment in the United Kingdom in 2017, Bayo Omoboriowo, the ex-official photographer of the immediate past president dismissed the rumour.

Omoboriowo in an interview with Channels Television’s morning programme said there was no mark difference between when Buhari fell ill in 2017 and when he recovered “because as he progressed, he was getting better, he was getting fresher”.

Buhari became unwell in 2017 and was taken to the United Kingdom in early May before returning in late August.

During his lengthy absence abroad, rumors circulated that he had died and been replaced by a doppelganger named Jibrin from Sudan, which was popularized by Nnamdi Kanu, the beleaguered leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Omoboriowo, Buhari’s official photographer for eight years, dismissed the rumour about his former principal.

“I would say it and I owe nobody any apology. To me, President Buhari is a man of grace.

In his words, “I still had this conversation with one elderly woman over the Christmas break. She carried me into her kitchen and asked, ‘Is he really Buhari?’ And I tried to explain to her. For instance, I’m his photographer, if he changed, I should be able to know.

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