Scientists have managed to create clones of sheep, pigs, and even horses, but, as of yet, there has never been a confirmed cloning of a human being. That little fact hasn't stopped conspiracy theorists from making bold claims about who is and is not a clone.
The latest victim of a human cloning conspiracy is Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, who recently addressed these claims at a press conference in Poland to reassure his accusers that "it's real me."
Rumors started to circulate last year, after Buhari, who will celebrate his 76th birthday this month, returned from a five-month leave of absence in Great Britain due to a still undisclosed ailment. The only logical conclusion that could be made was that he had actually died and a genetic duplicate of himself was made to take his place.
However, the rumors go even deeper. What if, in a twist a la John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face/Off, instead of a genetic duplicate, Buhari's likeness was surgically transplanted onto the body of a Sudanese imposter? Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been eagerly trying to piece together this puzzle on Twitter.
Could this be the beginning of a Sudan's secret infiltration of the Nigerian presidential republic, which is still in its infancy? Were they the cause of Buhari's undisclosed illness? Did that illness really seal his demise to make way for the rise of his doppelgänger, Jubril?
That is probably not the case. But, we must admit, we can not get enough of the attention the charade has received on Twitter.
What do you think? Is it time for conspiracy theorists to just relax and be happy that Buhari managed to return from medical leave in good tidings, or will you be keeping a closer eye on "Buhari" from now on?
Let us know in the comments below!