Naija News had reported earlier that Bashir, a Personal Assistant to the President on New, made the claim on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Bashir had said that the multi-billionaire called his principal on Wednesday to congratulate him on the 2019 presidential election victory and also discussed on matters of national relevance.
“one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates called President Buhari to congratulate him on his resounding election victory, winning a second four-year term of office,” Bashir had tweeted.
However, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said Buhari phoned Gates to commend him for his consistent and generous support to public causes around the globe.
Shehu said in the statement that the president, in a telephone conversation with Gates, specifically lauded him for supporting the eradication of polio and HIV diseases in Africa and Nigeria in particular.
Apparently displeased with Ahmad’s claims, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to berate the Presidential media aide.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Buhari, phone him to commend him for his consistent & generous support to public causes around the globe.@GarShehu , in a statement said Gates on his part, congratulated the President on the election. ? pic.twitter.com/0E5k8UsZGx
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) April 18, 2019
It was Buhari that called Bill Gates to Thank him for his NGO's efforts at eradicating Polio/HIV in Nigeria…
Bashir don dey craze.
Vanguard News Nigeria https://t.co/KjFYwyGCt5
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) April 18, 2019
Dear Bashir, if you want to lie, please do it with honor. Bill never called Buhari, Buhari actually called.
— Badema? (@HassanBadema) April 18, 2019
And you people will say this government has not achieved anything. Bill Gates' call to Buhari is a massive achievement. Watch how it will impact the economy. Before you know it, petrol will be sold at 50Naira per Liter, and Garri will be sold free.
You this ungrateful lots!
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) April 18, 2019
Dear @BashirAhmaad, una record Bill Gates' call to Buhari but una no fit make baba do world press conference to address the killings and secret mining by Bandits in Zamfara. Our country and misplaced priorities.
— Oladele Dada John (@realoladele) April 18, 2019
And wailers would say he hasn't achieved anything.
Congratulations @TheMbuhari on your glorious call from Bill gates, it's indeed a win for our democracy. SMH!
— SEKONI (@Sekoni12322) April 17, 2019
So Atiku is set to invite Microsoft etc, so I also heard that PMB has called Bill Gates today, doesn't it ring a bell????? While the Buharist have twisted it and said Bill Gates called Buhari to congratulate him… 9ja ?????
— Aku Mai Magana ? (@AkuMaiMagana) April 17, 2019
Bill Gates called our Handicapped President anf you think it is to commend him over no achievements?You are mad.
If you do not know anything about how Bill Gates invested billions of dollars in Nigeria and made no progress at all, I am here to let you know#Thread
— Ola (@danielholks) April 18, 2019
Did Bill Gates really call Buhari?? pic.twitter.com/Brv0rO7M6o
— Bhad Charly (@XclusiveDjOmega) April 18, 2019
Bashir: Ladies and Gentlemen, what are our achievements this 1st quarter?
BMC: Bill Gates just called Our Lord and Savior
Bashir: All hail, let's celebrate pic.twitter.com/RYYwoPEL47
— Imo Connect (@imo_connect) April 17, 2019
Bashir , why do you twist the news though :
Who called who ??https://t.co/zeHeVPBQly
— One.acre (@NekkaSmith) April 17, 2019
Shut up, it was buhari who called Gates, gaddamn it bashir !, I was there!!!
— the onitsha goat seller (@SabiFindTrouble) April 17, 2019
Whether it is true or not.. That's their personal problem.
But has anybody thought that this Bashir guy is not a very bright person… He strikes me like a low budget Lai Muhammad
— A KING ? (@The_williams__) April 18, 2019
Just apologize for telling a white lie Mr Bashir and move on. It doesn’t take anything away. The story is still correct: Bill Gates congratulated Mr President ( I wonder if anyone would have done otherwise) .
— A NIGERIAN (@E_Maduneme) April 18, 2019
Bashir and lies ..
Inbtw, how will this cut off the insecurity challenges we've got in this country ???
Who Bill Gates EPP ????? https://t.co/0d7a4hGue2
— ? Obong Ekpe ? (@Ody_johnson) April 18, 2019
Bro no need to clear the air.. Bill Gates is not living in Nigeria to determine for us who is doing well and who is not.. we know the disaster that occupy Aso villa, it didn't change with Bill Gates call.
But just to be clear even if he called Bashir twisted the details
— Dr Okey Prince Okey (@princeokey10) April 18, 2019
Bashir Na heavy lie becus @atiku done cramp Microsoft on @inecnigeria server way una wan use scam , not even up to 2 days @BillGates begin call una . Na @MBuhari call @BillGates to help am becoz e be like say fowl ynash wan open for tribunal . Atiku dey come make una begin park
— Ngeneukwenu (@ngeneukwenu) April 18, 2019
How old are you mr. Bashir Ahmad? Do you really know what your job descriptions are? Just listen to yourself, is this what you are paid to do in the media? I am so disappointed, how long was this so called election now, please be reasonable.
— Henry nnaoma IHEANACHO (@HenryNnaoma) April 18, 2019
Atiku calls Microsoft experts as witness to election victory.
Bill Gates , the owner of Microsoft ,congratulated Buhari on his victory.
Atiku to Bill Gates, But why? pic.twitter.com/ymkMYu88yU
— I'm Badmus?? (@BADMANTON45) April 18, 2019