53 Gold Plated Iphones: British Supplier, Jonathan Administration Denies Claim
British company, Gold and Co has said that the report carried in the UK’s Independent newspaper stating that the Nigerian Government has ordered for 53 customised gold plated iphone worth over N662m to celebrate the country’s 53rd independence anniversary is not a true understanding of what the CEO meant in the report, adding that the Nigerian government did not order for the gold plated iphone device.
The report quoted the founder and CEO of the company, Amjad Ali saying that the Nigerian government has made an order of “53 gold iPhones to mark the country’s 53rd year of independence from Britain next month.”
Mr. Ali told the Independent that the order from the Nigerian government “will [be] engraved them with [Nigeria’s] coat of arms, a shield and two horses,”
But the company, perhaps under pressure from the Nigerian govt backed off a little from the statement credited to the CEO of the company in the interview.
In a twitter conversation with a Nigerian social activist, the company said: “These have been ordered not by the government but by an individual who is gifting them to people there to celebrate the 53 aniv”
“In the interview that was given by our CEO, he informed that the phones were to be made with the Nigerian govt crest on the back,” it said.
But the Independent Newspaper reporter who conducted the interview with the company’s CEO punctured the new claim by the company, asserting, “I can only confirm what the boss of @goldandco told me.” The reporter also suggested that Gold and Co is trying to re-script the interview after the fact, perhaps in view of the attention and angry reaction of Nigerians.
“Seems boss of @goldandco got carried away,” Usborne tweeted. “He now tells me a Nigerian individual – not the govt. – ordered 53 anniversary gold iPhones.”
In what can be termed as the routine denial from one bizarre controversy to another, President Jonathan’s social media aide, Reno Omokri, took to the social media to deny the report. “Be advised that the story that the Nigerian Government has ordered 53 Gold iPhones is false,” he said. There is no truth to the story whatsoever.”
In a similar vein, the press secretary to the Minister of Information, Joseph Mutah denied the report. “We have never heard of anything like that,” he said, as if his ears and the facts always match. “The story is utterly false and mischievous, there is no any (sic) order like that at least by this government.”
Below are some of the tweets by the company:
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