Eight years after Donald Trump started spreading the so-called birther conspiracy about then President of the United States Barack Obama, history repeats Itself, but on another continent.
In the manner of Trump, who in March 2011, during an interview on Good Morning America, said that he was a “little” skeptical of Obama’s citizenship, and that someone who shares this view should not be so quickly dismissed as an “idiot”, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra of Nigeria, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has now come up with a fresh claim about the true nationality of President Muhmmadu Buhari, and his “his replacement” Jibril al Sudani.
Kanu, in his broadcast from the United Kingdom at the weekend, said that neither “dead” Muhammadu Buhari, nor “his replacement” Jibril al Sudani, is qualified to contest for Nigeria’s presidential election.
Nnamdi Kanu argued that being born on Nigerian soil was not enough to qualify one as a Nigerian citizen by birth, unless the parents, grandparents of such person is also born in Nigeria.
According to Daily post from Nigeria, the IPOB leader said that Buhari’s father, Hardo Adamu, was a nomadic FULANI trader, a duck seller, from Niger Republic and later became a bodyguard in the Emir of Daura’s palace, which made him to settle in Daura, Katsina State, adding that he (Hardo) was borne in Niger Republic, not Nigeria.
Kanu said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has opened the door by challenging Atiku’s citizenship by BIRTH, it now lies within the rights of every right-thinking person to also question Buhari’s citizenship by birth, even litigate it in Court.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stirred the debate at the recent Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja about Buhari’s rival Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s citizenship saying that Atiku was not a Nigerian.
Tensions are high in Nigeria, and conspiracies run rampant.
Besides newly emerged birther conspiracy theories, that look like they are taken directly from Trump playbook, one of the most creative is the one that president Muhammadu Buhari is actually dead.
“He died since early last year. He’s cloned. A certain body double and Sudanese Fulani prisoner, Jubril, is bestriding Aso Rock, the nation’s seat of power in Buhari’s stead”, some people are claiming.
After Trump, elections around the world are starting to feel more like a reality television shows. Let us not forget that Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience, is just being elected president of Ukraine.