Presidential Cloning: The Science, The Fiction And The Ignoramus

Nigeria News takes a look at the absurdity of cloning President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari is always at home in foreign lands to clear airs over issues that may have to do with his government or personal life.

Journalists in Nigeria feed on stories the president create whenever he is out of the country. A good example is a story on Nigerian lazy youths, created by Buhari in an interview with the UK Telegraph.

Over the weekend in faraway Poland, our president spoke about his alleged cloning status, adding that he would soon celebrate his 76th birthday as Muhammadu Buhari but not as a surrogate Sudanese Jubril as being peddled by a group of people.

As he put it, “One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not. The ignorant rumours are not surprising – when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead.”

Buhari stated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo faced a lot of embarrassment as some of those who wished the president was dead actually wanted to become vice president.

The rumour of the cloned president had gone global and it ridiculed Nigeria so much that the president had no option than to speak on this during his meeting with Nigerians in Poland.

The proscribed Radio Biafra had described Buhari as Sudan al Jubril as it likened the Nigerian president to one Jubril in Sudan. Many social media platforms and bloggers joined in this false story, perhaps ignorantly or in an attempt to de-market Buhari ahead of the 2019 election.

It is absurd if one should put it mildly to read such story that a 76-year-old person is cloned.

According to Professor Ajayi Boroface, an astute academic in Human Genetics, for a 75-years-old adult to be cloned, a living cell must be obtained and subjected to some manipulations that will convert it to a totipotent cell.

He explained that the totipotent cell would have to undergo embryological development that would produce a young human foetus.

Ajayi stated that for the foetus to grow and become a replica to a 76-year-old- adult, it would take 76 years to grow.

“It must also be said that the phenotypical presentation of a man is a product of the interaction between his genotype and the environment. Therefore, for the clone to look like the same man, it must be exposed to the exact environment for a period equivalent to 76 years.”

This explains the basic science of cloning, which of course is lacking in the myriads of cooked news by unprofessional reporters and bloggers that had since turned the media space to falsehood.

I think the politicians will make the ongoing political rally an interesting one by ensuring an issue-based campaign to choose a new president or retain Buhari instead of talking about a bourgeois issue that will make a mockery of this nation in the face of the world.

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