Mark Zuckerberg returns to Nigeria to meet President Buhari

Photo Credit Bashir Ahmad, State House.
Photo Credit Bashir Ahmad, State House.

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Zuckerberg, 32, returned to the country to participate in the Aso Villa Demo Day, an event organised by the Buhari administration for Nigerians to showcase their ideas for possible investment support from the government.

Mr. Zuckerberg had been in Nigeria since Tuesday. He later traveled to Kenya where he met with that country’s ICT minister.

Some Nigerians thought he had left without meeting Nigerian government officials.

State House social media handles have not released detailed information about the meeting.

But a Twitter post by Bashir Ahmad, social media aide to Mr. Buhari, said Vice Osinbajo teased Mr. Zuckerberg during a closed-door meeting with the president, on why he was not wearing his signature T-shirt.

“Out of respect for the formality of meeting a president,” he reportedly answered.

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  • George

    Osabanjo ole Buhari barawo. USELESS MEN

    • sparta

      E pain you well well. You will have to live with pain and many more for a long time! Go buy alabukun

  • Right Minded

    Thank God he finally agreed to come back to see Mallam President, it would have been a great shame if he didnt and went back to US without seeing any single govt official.

    • How would that have been a shame? I’m totally clueless.

    • PolyGon2013

      The guy is not a king. Therefore, who cares if he came to see the president or not.

  • Obanla

    Its unfortunate that you most of you will not see anything good about this government, sadly, there is nothing you can do about that for now. You spent alot of time writing trash and making senseless comments. You complained that mark could not visit any government official because it was Buhari, he came back, you still complain about it, what exactly will satisfy you?

  • amzatkola

    This government has come to stay regardless of our support or lack of it. What President Buhari and his team need from Nigerians is encouragement and best wishes all the time and not campaign of calumny and negativity. How on earth would a renowned Facebook inventor refuses to meet our President while on official and business visit to Nigeria? Are detractors saying that Nigerian embassy in US and federal government are not aware of his visit, even before taken off from his home country? If his schedules warranted him to visit Kenya before coming back to visit our president, so be it. Things are hard no doubt, but that does not suggest that the agents of disintegration should continually capitalize on every situation to embarrass the government. Shouldn’t we allow the president fixes what it took PDP to destroy for 16 years?The President has affirmed for umpteenth times, that the government is seriously working to better the lots of Nigerians and that citizenry should exercise patience with the government. Now that Mark Zuckerberg has finally visited the president,which other ‘song’ are we expecting from the detractors? Kola AMZAT(FCA,FCIB,MBA),Lagos. 08133014657.

    • Focus

      Your write-up doesnt befit your acclaimed status.

  • Comfortkay

    Is there anything that the so called Nigerian Billionaires expect Dangote can learn from Mark Zukerberg?

  • MUMUDITY

    Nigerian thieves, cold killers, human rights violators and clueless politicians who call themselves leaders have no shame. See how they open their miserable teeth to smile with a young man whose country has allowed him to flourish and his ideas to materialize. If Zankenberg or whatever had his invention destroyed by American officials for one useless reason or the other would hid facebook be here today? He was encouraged.

    But when inventions are made in Nigeria the useless Army and security officials swoop on them, arrest the inventors and sometimes even kill them and destroy their inventions (technology) . An example is the Electric Refinery designed and built by the Niger Deltan scientists and the several Modular Refineries that they construct with 100% local technologies in the swamps and forests to survive. Rather than encourage these bright minds the Nigerian government calls them ILLEGAL REFINERIES! Can you beat that? It has no other name, it is called Mumudity.

  • Trying to actually understand why Nigerians would have been upset if Mr zuckerberg hadn’t met the Nigerian polithievescians

  • Abdulkadir

    I am always amused when this kind of items appear in the news; not because it is a plus in the government’s books, but because a lot of Southerners think it not deserving. They will rain curses on the President as if he were doing what he shouldn’t. They are just too fearful he will succeed despite their ill feelings towards him. They so badly wanted him to fail, they feel like fastening the time of the next elections to coincide with the current recession. Its a pity how one would wish his country, and by implication himself, failure.

    • Lanre

      Oh please keep quiet. What is the big deal about meeting Zuckerberg who was born when Buhari was a Head of State at the age of 42 (In the early 80’s). Can’t you see Buhari needs Zuckerberg and not the other way round? I am one Yorubaman who wants and badly needs an Independent Yorubaland so we can tell the whole world that we have a Thousand Zuckerbergs! Yorubaland will be free from the slavery in Nigeria.

      • Abdulkadir

        Who has denied you what you want. Hypocrisy is when you know your problem but feigned ignorance of it while attributing same to an illusionary being. Your progress is your progress. No one is stifling it but you.

    • MUMUDITY

      Nigerian thieves, cold killers, human rights violators and clueless
      politicians who call themselves leaders have no shame. See how they open
      their miserable teeth to smile with a young man whose country has
      allowed him to flourish and his ideas to materialize. If Zankenberg or
      whatever had his invention destroyed by American officials for one
      useless reason or the other would hid facebook be here today? He was
      encouraged.

      But when inventions are made in Nigeria the useless
      Army and security officials swoop on them, arrest the inventors and
      sometimes even kill them and destroy their inventions (technology) . An
      example is the Electric Refinery designed and built by the Niger Deltan
      scientists and the several Modular Refineries that they construct with
      100% local technologies in the swamps and forests to survive. Rather
      than encourage these bright minds the Nigerian government calls them
      ILLEGAL REFINERIES! Can you beat that? It has no other name, it is
      called Mumudity.