As a politician, it is much harder to get people to believe what you are saying. Indeed, a large portion of a politician's time is spent denying allegations.
Normally, it is quite difficult to have any pity for their predicament, but when people won't even believe you haven't died and been replaced by a clone, it must be a little deflating.
For months now, theories have been swirling around social media, speculating that Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has died and been replaced by a clone. The hypothesis claims that he was replaced by a Sudanese impostor called Jubril last year, having died in Britain during a five month period of treatment for an undisclosed medical condition.
Now, it is true to say he spent five months in Britain receiving treatment for an undisclosed medical condition, however, there is no evidence to suggest that Buhari died and was replaced by a Sudanese doppelganger.
You would think that the president of a nation would have no need to address such unfounded and outlandish claims, but the theories have developed and spread to the extent that Buhari has now been forced to formally deny being replaced by a clone.
The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, denies dying and being replaced by a clone. Credit: PA
Speaking in Poland on Sunday, Buhari assured crowds that it was indeed him addressing them.
He said: "It's the real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.
"A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the vice president to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot and of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing.''
Then again, 'it's the real me' - doesn't that sound exactly like the sort of thing a clone would say?
He added that those who spread the rumour were 'ignorant and irreligious' - bit defensive are we Mr Clone?
The Nigerian president has also shared a tweet with his 1.76 million followers, in which footage shows him responding to the clone accusations.
So that's it nipped in the bud then, right? After all, if there's one thing conspiracy theorists are good for it's knowing when to let things go.
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