Nigeria is going to the polls Saturday to vote in an election that pits President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term in office, against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and other challengers. But ahead of the election, an error on Google is causing a stir among Nigerians in the Twittersphere.
A Google search shows the Nigerian naira to be trading at 184 per US dollar, nearly twice as strong as its actual value of 360. A quick look at the chart, however, shows the currency at the correct value.
“We collected from CBN today at the rate of N357, and each BDC operator is entitled to $20, 000,” he said.
Two members of staff at Google, who spoke off the record, confirmed to our reporter that this was just a bug, that is currently being fixed by the search giant.
According to Bloomberg currency rate, the dollar is currently trading at N361.8, with the local currency gaining N1.75 against the greenback.
A mail from our reporter to Google Press office is yet to be replied — but an automatic response was received, stating that all queries will be addressed shortly.
Nigeria goes to the poll in less than 12 hours after this glitch, driving speculations and jokes on social media on how the incumbent may want to turn the economy around overnight.
While some fear that their stacked dollars may have lost tremendous value, others are celebrating a rise in the value of the naira, but many are aware this is just a temporary glitch.
Whatever the case is, We understands that the dollar is still trading at 358 to 360 at the foreign exchange market.
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