Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)As denials go, it was extraordinary and more than a little surreal.

The sitting president of Africa’s largest democracy was forced to refute repeated claims that he had died and a clone was now running his office.
“This is the real me,” said Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, dismissing the allegation as “ignorant rumors” after a period of ill health. For the avoidance of any doubt, the denial is pinned to his official Twitter page.

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