FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates Call Nigerian Leaders Clueless Idiots?

FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates Call Nigerian Leaders Clueless Idiots?


A post on Twitter claims that Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, insulted the Nigerian president and claimed to have invested so much money in Nigeria without returns. The post with this caption – Exclusive: Bill Gates publicly rebukes Nigeria’s Leaders – reads:

“I have invested $1.6Billion in Nigeria economy with no result. When a clueless idiot is the president and a decorated fool is the Vice President and cabinet members are notorious robbers, the result is nothing but economic calamity and holocaust.”

The post was shared 99 times, 220 Likes and 81 comments on Twitter.


Meanwhile,  a google reverse image search of the picture shows that the picture had never surfaced online, except in the tweet.  The picture was just a screen grab of an interview Bill Gates had with CNN.

In the original video of the interview CNN conducted with Bill Gates on YouTube, He was merely talking about his return from Nigeria and the need for Nigerian politicians to focus on human capital and its large youth population.

He stated that the Foundation is spending $1.6 billion on programs in Nigeria, most of it his money and that he feels it is time for Nigeria’s government to do better.

Nevertheless, he did not not call Nigeria’s president a clueless idiot and the Vice President a decorated fool. Bill Gates merely directed his words to the politicians in the country.

While he bemoaned the state of Nigeria’s economy and health, Bill Gates never made those extreme words!

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