Abuja - An aide of President Goodluck Jonathan dismissed media reports the government ordered customised gold-plated iPhones to be used for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.
A prominent London publication, The Independent, this week reported that the government had ordered 53 iPhones as memorabilia for the 53rd anniversary celebrations scheduled for October 1.
“Be advised that the story that Nigeria government has ordered 53 gold iPhones is false. There is no single truth to the story,” Reno Omokri, Special Assistant (Modern Media) to President Jonathan, said.
Earlier, the publication quoted one Ali saying his company was fulfilling an order from Nigeria government for golden iPhones to mark the country’s 53rd year of Independence.
The publication also alleged that Nigeria coat of arms would be engraved on the iPhones.
Following Omokri’s reaction, the publication adjusted its story arguing it was a Nigerian individual, not government,t that ordered the iPhones.
It did not reveal the identity of the individual. - CAJ News