Presidency Makes U-Turn, Saying, Tinubu Not First African Leader To Ring NASDAQ Bell 

Daud Olatunji

In a surprising about-face, the Presidency has officially corrected its previous claim that President Bola Tinubu was the first African leader to ring the NASDAQ bell during a ceremony in New York. 

This admission follows a statement made by presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale on Thursday that initially asserted Tinubu’s historic achievement.

Ngelale stated, “We inadvertently referred to President Bola Tinubu as the first African leader to ring the bell at NASDAQ on Wednesday in New York, based on the information provided by a third-party event organizer. 

We have since found out that this information was/is incorrect as a former African leader has indeed had the privilege. This error is sincerely regretted.”

The initial statement had praised President Tinubu for his efforts to attract foreign direct investment into Nigeria, highlighting his participation in the NASDAQ bell-ringing ceremony, which was described as making him “the first African President to ever receive the honor.”

This unexpected reversal sheds new light on the historic event while recognizing the achievement of a former African leader who had previously shared this privilege.

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