Thursday, January 27, 2022

Nigerian President Refutes Naomi Campbell’s Claim She Was ‘Invited’ to Event

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Naomi Campbell and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Naomi Campbell and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

*Supermodel Naomi Campbell took to Instagram to say she was invited by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to the commissioning ceremony of the Eko Atlantic project in Lagos…only for Buhari’s aide to release a statement hours later taking issue with her use of the word “invited.”

It all started on Friday when the president concluded his two-day visit to Lagos with a tour of the Eko Atlantic Project. Campbell, in town for Arise Fashion Week, reportedly kicked off a firestorm on social media when she claimed she was invited by the president to the Eko Atlantic Project’s commissioning.

Her tweet, for some reason, sparked off condemnations of the president on Twitter. The backlash reportedly prompted the special adviser to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, to refute Naomi’s claim, saying she was never invited.

“For the sake of clarity, President @MBuhari didn’t invite Ms. Naomi Campbell to any event during his 2-day visit to Lagos State. They only met at the Eko Atlantic City while Mr. President was touring the project, and she requested to take photos with him” Ahmed tweeted.

Similarly, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, said in a Facebook post that the president only meet the model by chance.

He wrote: “President Muhammadu Buhari Friday March 30, 2018 toured the Atlantic City under construction in Lagos. Among those who were around during the guided tour was international model, Naomi Campbell, who had a greeting session with the President. She also took pictures with the President, some of the other dignitaries at the event, and also some presidential aides.”

Naomi later deleted the tweet and changed her caption on Instagram to read: “It was a pleasure to meet His Excellency The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to the launch of Eko Atlantic. HERE FOR ARISE FASHION WEEK.”

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