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Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by IronHammer: 6:39pm On Dec 06
OPINION
Taking the Buhari/Jubril story seriously

Abimbola Adelakun

Those who refute the story of the substitution of President Muhammadu Buhari with a certain Jubril of Sudan typically deny the possibility of such and then descend to name-calling the conspiracy theorists spreading the rumour (let’s call them the Jibrilists). This approach seemed to have further strengthened the conviction of the Jibrilists who take the virulent denials as proof they are on to something. Those who have tried to discredit the stories based on objective facts might be missing the point. Not all stories are evaluable based on objective reality alone, and that is why scholars parse even rumours, urban legends, and mythology. Such narrations too are also considered an expression of the truth of a society’s situation. When a story feels true as against whether it is objectively true, it also measures the social impulse.


So, why does a story of an impostor President resonate so much with Nigerians?

I doubt Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB people who started spreading the story knew it would take a life of its own. To say otherwise would be ascribing too much sophistication to their ability to make mischief. Kanu’s narration about Buhari’s death and subsequent replacement with a decoy is so silly one cannot but laugh at the puerile imagination that spawned it. However, looking beyond the surface of that story, one sees Kanu arrogating a mystique to himself. By claiming that the mere sight of him in court in 2017 made Buhari collapse and eventually died, he is boasting of his formidability against a powerful government with weapons to kill, to repress, and to destroy.

I think he has earned that right. From a practically unknown entity tolerated for his nuisance value, Kanu has written himself into Nigeria’s history, no thanks to Buhari’s stubborn stance on his issue. Now, Kanu is magnifying himself in public imagination, and he is using Buhari to spin a yarn about his impregnability. How better could he have claimed invincibility than by declaring that the mere sight of him irritated his enemy so much so that the man died in frustration? Thus, according to Kanu, if Buhari appears to be still alive, it is because there is someone else is masquerading as the President. He, Kanu, by the mere force of his physical presence, has vanquished the original Buhari.


It’s not enough to designate those who believe Kanu as crazy; one should also understand the underlying factors that underscore their credulous reception of such a bizarre story. One is recent history. Most of the Jubrilists have witnessed the extent African leaders go to maintain their hold on power even when their bodies are not healthy enough to sustain the rigours of office. Nigeria, particularly, has a history of presidents (and ironically, all from the same region of Nigeria) who cling to power despite debilitating sickness. Buhari too has been sick, and he has been shady about it. We do not know what ails him, whether he is fully recovered, and what to expect. No, the drama around Buhari’s health condition has not taken the ruthless turn of Sani Abacha’s own neither have we descended to the level of the pranks that marked Umaru Yar’Adua’s last days. However, there are already similarities between those previous instances and Buhari’s health condition, his body’s ability to withstand the demands of his office, and his lack of integrity to admit when he can no longer cope. Those who witnessed how Buhari’s predecessors who died in office handled their health issues before they yielded to mortality are filling the gaps in what they know with the imagination of another grand deception being staged by a cabal that wants to remain in power by every means possible.


That leads me to the second reason this story reverberates among the populace: alienation. The fiction of an impostor President makes sense to those who believe it because it speaks to a certain feeling among Nigerians, and that is the sense of alienation between the ruler and the ruled. The “Jubril” and “Sudan” tropes are playing out of their imagination as an articulation of the gnawing distance between the so-called leaders and the people. They have Sudanised alienation, and alienised Sudan to make Jubril the perfect metaphor that expresses the estrangement of the Presidency from Nigerians. Jubril is a metonymic substitution of President Buhari’s real body with that of an alien, a fraud; one forced on us by power mongers who want to retain power by every means possible.

What Nigeria runs is no longer a government of the people by the people and for the people. It is a government of some people by a person we no longer recognise for the benefit of a few people who know themselves. Buhari’s government operates like a cult run by a cabal, and you can tell by the number of things Buhari is said to be unaware of. To shield Buhari from responsibility, they always say he is “unaware” of this and that. His wife, Aisha, on Tuesday confirmed that two people are holding his government hostage. It is therefore not surprising that Jubril is an outlet for people to express their irritation with a government that is absent from itself. The sentiment among the Jubrilists is, we do not know if Buhari is dead or alive, but long live the Jubril of Sudan!


Everything about Buhari’s present conduct is a far cry from what they promised he would be if he made it to power. The Jubril of Sudan myth expresses the increased dissonance between the “real” Buhari whom we were told would be so compelling that corrupt people would go on a self-imposed exile when he becomes the President vs. the one whose farce is fast collapsing under the weight of its contradictions. I am not surprised that some people think a literal alien has taken over his body and he is remote-controlled by a cabal of puppeteers.

Since he became President, Buhari has had only one media chat. He does not speak to journalists, never grants interviews, and never addresses the nation. Even Donald Trump that moans that the US media is “the enemy of the people” still grants interviews to the same left-wing media houses he frequently insults. Buhari, no. He has firmly locked himself up in in Aso Rock. He came out once to address a joint press conference with Emmanuel Macron of France when the latter came visiting and disappeared again. The only time Buhari addresses germane issues about Nigeria is when he does so abroad, and even then, he has no word in season to offer anyone beyond his narcissistic self-righteousness. Now, there are already strong indications he will not also show up for the coming presidential debate but will send his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo. He lacks that much regard for Nigerians yet feels entitled to rule over.

As the Commander-in-Chief, he sends soldiers to fight Boko Haram. Even though scores of them die in battle, he has never been moved enough to call their families and address Nigerians’ concerns about the Boko Haram war. The same goes for the deaths of Nigerians in the hands of both Boko Haram and herdsmen. He has remained cold through all these periods of national tribulations, never mustering enough fellow feeling to speak on these issues. Such responsibilities, when taken up by his aides like Garba Shehu, yield nothing but witless press releases. Buhari remains emotionally distant from Nigeria and Nigerians, an observation that so troubled his aides they created a documentary to tell us that he has a human side. Yes, as if all along we did not know that he is an extra-terrestrial being from an alien planet with a teeny-weeny side of a human attached to the machines that operate him!

https://punchng.com/taking-the-buharijubril-story-seriously/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by digScratcher: 6:47pm On Dec 06
simple, just take off your Cap so we can see the horns

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by macaphan007(m): 6:58pm On Dec 06
Wow!

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Gandollar: 6:59pm On Dec 06
I'm unperturbed about buhari's lack of human feelings for Nigerians outside his fulani enclave. All I know is, come 2019, he must be shipped home for good.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by IronHammer: 7:05pm On Dec 06
From my own point of view, the writer is a crafty cconspiracy theorist trying to downplay the gravity of the latest revelation before Nigerians, which is an impostor occupation of aso rock named Jubril Aminu al Sudani from Sudan. Or her position was born out of underestimation of the cabals, doubt and/or even sheer ignorance of the subject-matter.


That man in Aso Rock is not Buhari until proven otherwise

Lalasticala

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by curfew: 7:06pm On Dec 06
Nice try, Punch. I was looking to see how you countered the evidence provided, not even one attempt at that.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by digScratcher: 7:21pm On Dec 06
Here is the controversial video of President Muhammadu Buhari referring to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel as ‘President Mitchell”. He also went on to erroneously call Germany ‘West Germany’ even though the country is now a united front no longer separated by tall walls. See the video below:


http://www.nigerianmonitor.com/video-watch-buharis-g7-speech-where-he-referred-to-german-chancellor-merkel-as-president-mitchell/

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by chiagozien(m): 7:22pm On Dec 06
Yorubas defending their master since 1914,


even buhari's wife and children are silent but yoruba muslim author is here defending buhari.you wont see yoruba christians like fayose defending the caliphate.





Why are yoruba christians wiser than yoruba muslims.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by IronHammer: 8:17pm On Dec 06
Trying to present Jubril of Sudan to be a character in a fictitious essay is unacceptable.

He must prove his originality through acceptable scientific process.

We have the right to know who's ruling us
After all, our money was used on the said restoration of his health and miraculous backdating of his look.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by nameo: 8:32pm On Dec 06
This is a most brilliant write up, attempting to describe the possible reasons or motivations behind this "jibril" debacle. Brilliant!!!

Every one from both sides should read it.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by nameo: 8:33pm On Dec 06
curfew:
Nice try, Punch. I was looking to see how you countered the evidence provided, not even one attempt at that.

Read, my friend. Read.

Read with an open mind

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Hizzy(m): 8:36pm On Dec 06
Things are hard one cup of garri is #100 and you wrote this hole thing with out telling us how to verify if he is or not
Now I need to buy one cup of garri to eat since punch has punched my energy out

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Frankdoz27: 8:50pm On Dec 06
Jubi jubi please remove your cap please.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by annnikky(f): 9:00pm On Dec 06
God bless the editor for this article smiley

Buarideens will still call this one IPOB youth and will still counter the glaring truthundecided

This is a national issue that need to be address by buari himself and not telling Nigerians that is the real me.. Smh

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Donelli: 9:09pm On Dec 06
nameo:
This is a most brilliant write up, attempting to describe the possible reasons or motivations behind this "jibril" debacle. Brilliant!!!

Every one from both sides should read it.
I gave up reading from the first paragraph cos I just had the feeling that it will be a waste of time. It was when I read your comment I had to go back and skim the essay, thinking I was too quick to dismiss it but I don't see what makes it a brilliant article. From the first paragraph one can see the writer's stance: he does not believe the Jibril theory.

He starts by trying to shade Nnamdi Kanu, then ends by stating thesame concerns that have been raised. He only succeeded in dancing round the issues without making any sense. His main aim was to discredit the impostor stance.

Is it not a shame that a so called journalist can not do proper investigation even when s/he has agreed that a lot is amiss, than composing an inconclusive article that serves no practical purpose.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by GoldChest: 9:12pm On Dec 06
Lalasticlala, Articles likes these from Punch Newspaper should be on front page .

Jubril Al Sudan, Matters Arising .

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Omeokachie: 9:17pm On Dec 06
See what the lifeless one has reduced Nigeria to in just 3yrs!

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by GoldChest: 9:19pm On Dec 06
Omeokachie:
See what the lifeless one has reduced Nigeria to in just 3yrs!

He's officially the laughing stock of the world grin

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by CallMeGod: 9:23pm On Dec 06
Nice

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by babyfaceafrica: 9:32pm On Dec 06
rabbish
Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Racoon(m): 9:39pm On Dec 06
And this Buhari "cloning"/Al-Jibril controversy will not just go away.Just imagine what a president have brought upon a nation.

If only Buhari have never gone to Poland to respond to this rubbish.Well karma must be paying him back wella.Remember it's only when in the same abroad that the Nigerian president have always rubbish this country or his countrymen. undecided

Let's see how the tyrannic govt will arrest Fox News, CNN, Belgian Newspaper and other foreign press that have been making a caricature of Nigeria with this issue.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by chairman00100: 10:26pm On Dec 06
meanwhile, my sincerest regards to the thing in aso rock known as Buhari and called jubril, to avoid this non ending quarrels let's start calling him bubrin until they prove otherwise

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by DonHummer(m): 10:36pm On Dec 06
In summary
The writer does not believe in the existence of jubril, but he believes buhari has failed.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by cialis50: 10:52pm On Dec 06
Beautiful piece

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by KanwuliaExtra: 11:00pm On Dec 06

Since he became President, Buhari has had only one media chat. He does not speak to journalists, never grants interviews, and never addresses the nation. Even Donald Trump that moans that the US media is “the enemy of the people” still grants interviews to the same left-wing media houses he frequently insults. Buhari, no. He has firmly locked himself up in in Aso Rock. He came out once to address a joint press conference with Emmanuel Macron of France when the latter came visiting and disappeared again. The only time Buhari addresses germane issues about Nigeria is when he does so abroad, and even then, he has no word in season to offer anyone beyond his narcissistic self-righteousness. Now, there are already strong indications he will not also show up for the coming presidential debate but will send his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo. He lacks that much regard for Nigerians yet feels entitled to rule over.


A NORTHERN-WESTERN CONSPIRACY!!!! grin

A DUMMY PRESIDENT that speaks only by PROXY or when OUT OF THE COUNTRY!

Hiaaaaahn!!!!! shocked

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by Xander85: 12:25am On Dec 07
OBoy50:
From now henceforth, I seized to be a member of
BMO and my PVC goes to the PDP Alhaji atiku
abubarkar as we the BMO are being used by the
APC to dig out a never exist propaganda against
Atiku knowing fully well that the buhari led govt has
failed Nigerian's woefully and couldn't list any
achievements its initiated and completed in the last
3 years of its misrule. Iwill not allow myself to be
used as a tool in misleading Nigerians over
#25,000.
#IAMATIKULATED! Let gets Nigeria working again.

Hehehehe grin grin grin
Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by jchioma: 12:39am On Dec 07

As the Commander-in-Chief, he sends soldiers to fight Boko Haram. Even though scores of them die in battle, he has never been moved enough to call their families and address Nigerians’ concerns about the Boko Haram war. The same goes for the deaths of Nigerians in the hands of both Boko Haram and herdsmen. He has remained cold through all these periods of national tribulations, never mustering enough fellow feeling to speak on these issues. Such responsibilities, when taken up by his aides like Garba Shehu, yield nothing but witless press releases. Buhari remains emotionally distant from Nigeria and Nigerians, an observation that so troubled his aides ...


And they want us to follow him to the next level? God forbid.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by jchioma: 12:44am On Dec 07

What Nigeria runs is no longer a government of the people by the people and for the people. It is a government of some people by a person we no longer recognise for the benefit of a few people who know themselves. Buhari’s government operates like a cult run by a cabal, and you can tell by the number of things Buhari is said to be unaware of. To shield Buhari from responsibility, they always say he is “unaware” of this and that. His wife, Aisha, on Tuesday confirmed that two people are holding his government hostage.

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Re: Taking The Buhari/Jubril Story Seriously By Abimbola Adelakun by jchioma: 12:48am On Dec 07
Everything about Buhari’s present conduct is a far cry from what they promised he would be if he made it to power. The Jubril of Sudan myth expresses the increased dissonance between the “real” Buhari whom we were told would be so compelling that corrupt people would go on a self-imposed exile when he becomes the President vs. the one whose farce is fast collapsing under the weight of its contradictions. I am not surprised that some people think a literal alien has taken over his body and he is remote-controlled by a cabal of puppeteers.

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