On the heels of The Independent’s report that Amjad Ali of Gold & Co. claimed that the Nigerian government ordered 53 gold iPhones for 53rd independence celebrations, Simon Usborne the writer of the news report tweeted later to say that Ali got carried away and has retracted. Here is the tweet:
Seems boss of @goldandco got carried away. He now tells me a Nigerian individual – not the govt. – ordered 53 anniversary gold iPhones.
— Simon Usborne (@susborne) September 11, 2013
News of the ostentatious order had generated angst among Nigerians who were already frustrated with a federal government that is more popular for failing to live up to its responsibilities in a country with one of the highest poverty rates in the world. The claim by Ali in the news report on The Independent’s website has now been modified to read thus:
Ali says he is fulfilling an order from a Nigerian individual for 53 gold iPhones to mark the country’s 53rd year of independence from Britain next month.
This raises the question: Did Ali get a phone call from highly placed people in government to retract his earlier claim, or was he really carried away at a chance to name drop when he made the claim? In cases of this sort, usually, the more you look, the less you see.