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Nigerians slam New York Times for linking Buhari to Ghana MPs visa fraud

Nigerians slam New York Times for linking Buhari to Ghana MPs visa fraud

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<p>Nigerians on Friday slammed the New York Times (<span class="caps">NYT</span>) over the use of President Muhammadu Buhari’s photo on a story that had to do with Ghanaian lawmakers engaged in alleged United Kingdom (UK) visa fraud.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">NYT</span>’s tweet on the visa story apparently used a photo of the Nigerian leader and his family. The Reuters photo was taken when Buhari returned from the UK after weeks of seeking medical attention.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Britain accuses some lawmakers from Ghana of falsifying visa documents for family members <a href="https://t.co/JbqurNd8q9">https://t.co/JbqurNd8q9</a> <a href="https://t.co/CAeRDfgTj0">pic.twitter.com/CAeRDfgTj0</a></p>— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld/status/857681286705688581">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>One of the earliest reactions came from a top government in charge of communications, Tolu Ogunlesi who put a humorous twist to it. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yeah. Then you use photos of the Nigerian President and his family. The thunder that will fire you is still applying for visa. <a href="https://t.co/LDqbQSw7Ky">https://t.co/LDqbQSw7Ky</a></p>— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) <a href="https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/857709427117481986">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>He went further to proffer a possible reason and the situation that led the <span class="caps">NYT</span> to use a picture of Buhari on a visa fraud story. The <span class="caps">NYT</span> has since issued an apology, Ogunlesi posted that also with a tinge of humour. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes"><code>nytimes</a> Photo Desk: We can&#39;t find any Ghana photos <br><br>.<a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes"></code>nytimes</a> Photo Editor: <strong>Googles</strong>. Use this one. It's the only African thing we have. <a href="https://t.co/LDqbQSw7Ky">https://t.co/LDqbQSw7Ky</a></p>— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) <a href="https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/857710242435674112">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“While Nigerian & Ghanaian Jollof are often mistaken for each other, the two countries are actually different.” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ApologizeLikeNYT?src=hash">#ApologizeLikeNYT</a> <a href="https://t.co/FwsCTIqcEL">pic.twitter.com/FwsCTIqcEL</a></p>— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) <a href="https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/857893359209336832">April 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Here are some of the tweets that followed the mistaken tweet. Whiles some asked for the tweet to be pulled down, others seemed to agree with the ‘fake news’ tag President Trump continues to associate with the <span class="caps">NYT</span> and other media outlets. But we start with the <span class="caps">NYT</span>’s twitter response.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Correction: This photo of Nigeria’s president was published in error with the article. He was not involved in the visa fraud case in Ghana.</p>— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld/status/857894295688417280">April 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld"><code>nytimesworld</a> Delete the tweet!!! It&#39;s not ok to leave that picture like that. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/deletethetweet?src=hash">#deletethetweet</a></p>&mdash; Rebecca Enonchong (</code>africatechie) <a href="https://twitter.com/africatechie/status/857969220952477696">April 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld"><code>nytimesworld</a> <a href="https://t.co/n9GvjHZhpx">pic.twitter.com/n9GvjHZhpx</a></p>&mdash; FEMI (</code>HackettDon) <a href="https://twitter.com/HackettDon/status/857710815767670785">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld"><code>nytimesworld</a> You need to fix this ,that&#39;s the First Family of Nigeria you just disrespected. Such display of ignorance and incompetent journalism</p>&mdash; Toke Abdul (</code>toke_abdul) <a href="https://twitter.com/toke_abdul/status/857716221504090112">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld"><code>nytimesworld</a> <a href="https://t.co/5ZZvrRfEzh">pic.twitter.com/5ZZvrRfEzh</a></p>&mdash; Zayyad Lamorde (</code>ZayyadLamorde) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZayyadLamorde/status/857900745609359360">April 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld"><code>nytimesworld</a> Apologizing for this grievous error is meaningless without amending this tweet! Your colleagues elsewhere take down such erroneous tweets!</p>&mdash; Ifedayo Adetifa (</code>IfedayoTiffy) <a href="https://twitter.com/IfedayoTiffy/status/857854521598509056">April 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The UK earlier this week blacklisted three serving legislators of Ghana’s Parliament over visa fraud. A fourth person implicated is a former legislator.</p> <p>The UK High Commission sent a confidential letter to the speaker of Parliament alleging that the MPs had facilitated the entry of some relatives to the UK using their diplomatic passports and failed to ensure the people returned.</p>

This photo of Nigeria’s president was published in error with the article. He was not involved in the visa fraud case in Ghana.

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