Deadly Choice Puzzle

The Puzzle:

Deadly Choice

A man is caught on the King's property. He is brought before the King to be punished.

The King says, "You must give me a statement. If it is true, you will be killed by lions. If it is false, you will be killed by the trampling of wild buffalo."

But in the end, the King has to let the man go.

What was the man's statement?

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