Several times rumours have spread that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, is not the same man that travelled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.

Critics say he was cloned, but the President has decided to speak on the matter.

‘‘It's real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,” he said on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, at an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in the country.

Nigerians in Poland must have seen the images spreading online, comparing images of President Buhari before he travelled to UK and another person they claimed was his clone.

One of the Nigerians in Poland wanted to know if the man standing before them was real or not, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday.

Responding to a question from the Nigerian who emphasised the much talked about ‘‘Jubril from Sudan’’ - his supposed double - President Buhari described the authors of the confusion about him as ‘‘ignorant and irreligious”.

‘‘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. That embarrassed him a lot and of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing…

"It's real me; I assure you,’’ he told the gathering.

The Nigerian leader said he was looking forward to celebrating his 76th birthday on December 17 and jocularly added: ‘‘If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many".

He then told the Nigerians that his administration will continue to maintain focus and deliver on the three focal points of his campaign in 2015: security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘Those in the North East will tell you that in spite of the recent setbacks, there is a difference between the time we came and before.

‘‘We are not doing badly on security, economy and agriculture. We have virtually stopped the importation of food especially rice and we are saving a lot of money.

‘‘We now have food security and that has come with fiscal security because a lot of young educated people have not regretted going back to the farms and earning a respectable living.

‘‘I am afraid, this is not receiving good publicity… but a lot of people in the rural areas are enjoying the benefits of our interventions in agriculture,’’ he said.

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President Buhari, who is in Poland to attend the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24 reaffirmed that no territory of Nigeria is under the control of Boko Haram terrorists.

He asked Nigerians to remain vigilant and supportive of Federal Government’s efforts to ensure the security of lives and property in the country.

While acknowledging that it has not been easy financing the security sector, the President said the Nigerian Armed Forces were equal to the task.

“It is regrettable that herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country have been politicised.

“The Nigerian government will continue to prioritise security because that is what many investors consider first before investing in the country,” he added.

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