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#WestGermany | Buhari Embarrasses Nigeria With “West Germany” Comment

 

By Yemi Adebowale

The Nigerian social media exploded with reactions on Thursday after President Muhammadu Buhari referred to the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, as “President Michelle” of “West Germany”.

Speaking on Channels TV after the meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission presidents yesterday, President Buhari referred to “the G7 meeting in West Germany” and“consultations with President Michelle”.

West Germany no longer exists.

At the onset of the Cold War, Germany was divided among the Western and Eastern blocs. Germany was de facto divided into two countries and two special territories, the Saarland and divided Berlin.

During this period NATO-aligned West Germany and Warsaw Pact-aligned East Germany were divided by the inner German border. After 1961, West Berlin was physically separated from East Berlin as well as from East Germany by the Berlin Wall.

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This situation ended when East Germany was dissolved and its five states joined the ten states of the Federal Republic of Germany along with the reunified city-state of Berlin. With the reunification of West and East Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, with sixteen states, became known as “Germany”.

Buhari’s gaffe triggered reactions on the social media with many expressing disappointment at the President’s utterance.

— Peter Okekwe (@PeterOkekwe) June 12, 2015

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Present at the meeting were; Idriss Deby Itno (President of the Republic of Chad), Boni Yayi (President of the Republic of Benin), Paul Biya (President of the Republic of Cameroun) among others.

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  • Maluu
    June 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    GEJ and PDP have come again with their propaganda. That is how they said during the campaigns that 1. he referred to APC as All Progressives Confidence. 2. He referred to Osinbajo as Osinbade. 3. he said the elections were postponed for 6 months (instead of 6 weeks). 4. he referred to INEC as Independent NIGERIA Electoral Commission. You people should leave our competent president alone or else … This is all propaganda to rubbish Mr. President afterall what is wrong with West Germany and what is the difference between Merkel and Michelle. Can someone not make a mistake and use Obama’s wife’s name instead of Merkel afterall, they rhyme (front and back) and they are both part of the G7. Propaganda!!! shame!!!

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    • Jay
      June 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Merkel is not the president of Germany but their Chancellor. West Germany no longer exist. So it is a blonder my dear brother and not propaganda. Please leave GEJ out of this issue.

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    • James Breen
      July 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Maluu

      He is a President of a sovereign nation ! He did not get the name of his own Vice President correct ! He called Angela Merkel ” President Michelle” She is the Chancellor of Germany. West Germany ceased to exist in 1990, 25 years ago !!! You ask, what is wrong with West Germany ???? A lowly civil servant would have been rebuked, never mind the president of a whole country. He needs to be properly briefed before he enters the world stage, otherwise Nigeria’s name will be a laughing stock

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  • Obi
    June 14, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Why is President Buhari behaving like he has been in coma since 1970 and he is just coming out of it? Did anybody hear him say Western Germany, please the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should give him a lecture before he calls Ghana, Gold Coast and Zimbabwe, Rodeshia. This is very embarassing

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  • Dikko440
    June 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Pmb. Didnt make any mistake. Becouse he never said that angela micheal is German president and Note that west Germany is not a country that is in existance currently. So he mentioned her as the president of west germany nt the current becouse she is nt duely the president of germany. Buhari is nt recorgnising her as the representative of germany becouse she is nt duely elected as president of Germany. It is even an insult to present her in the mist of the president becouse she is nt. Buhari is just using a figures of speech to tell the G-7 countries to wake up to the realities . So PMB IS currect and knw what he said to the europians indirectly.

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    • James Breen
      July 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Dikko 440

      You dont know anything about international politics and you are showing your ignorance by what you said and the poor language you used. Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany, which is the highest political office. She is a world leader so she has every right to be amongst the other world leaders. Also the event was held in Germany, which means she was the host. She WAS democratically elected not once but twice in recent years. You should educate yourself before you come on this forum, making yourself look like an idiot. In German government, the chancellor has more executive authority than the president.

      If one was to follow your argument Queen Elizabeth II would be representing UK because she is the Head of State of UK. However David Cameron is the Prime Minister and HE has the executive authority, not the Queen

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  • Dikko440
    June 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Pmb. Didnt make any mistake. Becouse he never said that angela micheal is German president and Note that west Germany is not a country that is in existance currently. So he mentioned her as the president of west germany nt the current becouse she is nt duely the president of germany. Buhari is nt recorgnising her as the representative of germany becouse she is nt duely elected as president of Germany. Buhari is trying to sideback and make her to be abstract. Showing that germany didnt send there democratic president voted by the people. Let Germany present a democratic voted president not a cancellor. It is even an insult to present her in the mist of the president becouse she is nt. President Buhari is just using a figures of speech to tell the G-7 countries to wake up to the realities . So PMB IS currect and knw what he said to the europians indirectly.

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  • Dikko440
    June 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    President Buhari: Didnt make any mistake. Becouse he never said that angela micheal is German president and Note that west Germany is not a country that is in existance currently. So he mentioned her as the president of west germany nt the current becouse she is nt duely the president of germany. Buhari is nt recorgnising her as the representative of germany becouse she is nt duely elected as president of Germany. Buhari is trying to sideback and make her to be abstract. Showing that germany didnt send there democratic president voted by the people. Let Germany present a democratic voted president not a cancellor. It is even an insult to present her in the mist of the president becouse she is nt. President Buhari is just using a figures of speech to tell the G-7 countries to wake up to the realities . So PMB IS currect and knw what he said to the europians indirectly.

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    • Nigeria
      January 2, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Dikko440, you make me laugh.
      First, she’s not a cancellor, but a Chancellor! They’re two different titles!
      Secondly, she was voted by the Germans and democratically elected and later won their votes again and was re-elected!
      Thirdly, she’s more powerful than your Buhari!
      Fourthly, your Buhari is the one who needs to wake up to reality.
      Fifthly, your Buhari was downright wrong, had nothing special to say to the Europeans, and didn’t know what he was saying!

      Just to confirm, you can ask him about the last point.

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  • July 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Papa buhari go and rest abeg, amnesia comes with old age, try n buy dose current affairs books dey hawk to bring u up to speed

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