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New York Times American newspaper makes President Buhari gaffe

New York Times mistakenly uses President Buhari's photo in an article about Ghana lawmakers.

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President Muhammadu Buhari


Yesterday, April 27, 2016, American newspaper New York Times published a story titled "Britain Accuses Ghana Lawmakers of Visa Fraud."

The only problem about this article on the New York Times site was that a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and his family was used. The gaffe was noticed by Nigerians today on Twitter.

Of course, Nigerians quickly pointed out the mistake in New York Times post. "The @nytimesworld is about to learn a geography lesson by Twitter Nigeria!" tweeted @JKFagge.

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NYT gaffe

(New York Times )


Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to President Buhari also commented on the mistake via Twitter.


New York Times later made a correction to the article and removed the President's photo. "A photograph with an earlier version of this article was published in error. The photo was of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. While Mr Buhari has travelled to Britain for medical treatment, he had nothing to do with the visa fraud case involving the Ghanaian lawmakers" wrote New York Times at the bottom of the article.

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NYT's correction

(New York Times )


The article did mention President Buhari's stay in the UK for his medical treatment earlier in the year.

"Paul Biya, the president of Cameroon, spends weeks at a time in Geneva, and he was holed up in a hotel there for so long last year that critics called him the president of the Hotel Intercontinental. Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, travelled to Britain and stayed there for weeks this year to receive medical treatment. His absence from his country was never fully explained" wrote Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Dionne Searcey for New York Times.

Even world renowned media houses make gaffes too, even presidential ones.

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