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Nigeria President urges citizens to ignore his death, replacement.



Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed allegations that the real head of state died and was replaced by a lookalike from Sudan.

Addressing Nigerians in Poland, Buhari said the rumours were fuelled by people who wished for his death, when he took sick leave last year.

‘‘A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. It is real me… I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong,’‘ Buhari told Nigerians when asked about Jubril..

The rumours questioning Buhari’s identity and speculation of death, have been peddled by several social media users including prominent people, notably Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).


“The man you are looking at in the television is not Buhari… His name is Jubril, he’s from Sudan. After extensive surgery they brought him back,” Kanu told his supporters in 2017.


Biafrans’ from Southeast Nigeria are increasingly critical of Buhari, and more likely to spread the allegations of his death and replacement.

Buhari is seeking re-election in next year’s poll, and will be facing stiff competition from former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar.

Tensions and military operations in the region have increased following a spike in pro-Biafran protests that were sparked by the arrest in October 2015 of IPOB leader, Kanu.


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Russian: President Putin eases access to citizenship for east Ukraine residents.



Source: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of the rebel-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Separatist rebellions broke out against Ukrainian rule in both regions in 2014. Moscow provided military help for the separatists, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, though Russian officials have denied providing material support.

Large swathes of the two regions are now under the de facto control of the Moscow-backed rebels, while Kiev says it is determined to re-assert its control, a position backed by most Western countries.

There was no immediate reaction from Kiev to Putin’s order. Ukrainian officials are likely to react angrily to any indication Moscow is drawing the rebel regions closer into its own orbit.

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Machester Derby – Epl’s Most important Match of the Season



The Manchester derby today is arguably the most important match of the season as it will determine the comfort of Liverpool on the league table or the come back of Manchester City on top, while it also may determine the place of United in the European leagues next season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have won five of their last seven Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford (D1, L1), having triumphed in only one of the first 14 visits. A seventh away win for City would be a new Premier League record for overall wins at Old Trafford by a visiting club

Manchester United have Luke Shaw available after suspension but Phil Jones limped off during the defeat at Everton and is not expected to be fit.

Ander Herrera, who has been out for four weeks with a thigh injury, was not part of the squad which arrived at the team hotel on Tuesday.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will miss out after sustaining a hamstring problem last weekend.

Claudio Bravo is City’s only other injury absentee

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