The Nigerian government is yet to react to the claim.
British luxury products company, Gold and CO, has revealed that it has an order from the Nigerian government to deliver 53 customised gold iphones for the celebration of the next independence celebration.
The founder of Gold and Co, Amjad Ali,, told the UK’s Independent newspaperthat the Nigerian government has made an order of “53 gold iPhones to mark the country’s 53rd year of independence from Britain next month.”
Mr. Ali told the Independent that the order from the Nigerian government “will [be] engraved them with [Nigeria’s] coat of arms, a shield and two horses,”
Mr. Ali’s Gold and Co clients include royal families, governments, and wealthy individuals from across the world.
A gold-plated device costs between £3000 and £50,000 (N750,000 to 12.5 million). The order from the government with its customised coat of arm is believed to be among the constant premium orders the company gets.
The London-based company recently received an order from the Saudi royal family for “a gold iPhone studded with hundreds of diamonds, including a giant piece that served as the device’s ‘home’ button.”
Gold and Co is yet to respond to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry about the Nigerian agency or official that made the order and the exact cost of the order from the government.
When contacted, Joseph Mutah, the spokesman for the Information Minister, Labaran Maku, asked for an SMS enquiry, which was sent.
Mr. Mutah promised to get back to PREMIUM TIMES on the federal government’s position.