‘It cost N25.9m to put Nigerian colours on Burj Khalifa’


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The display of the green-white Nigerian colours on the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary may not be a gesture of goodwill after all.

Many Nigerians Thursday gushed endlessly on seeing the 828 metre-tall edifice turn green and white and assumed it was UAE’s way of identifying with the West African nation who has turned its Middle Eastern counterpart to a Mecca of sorts.

UAE’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al Taffaq shared a video of the spectacle while congratulating Nigeria on Thursday.

“Happy 60th Independence Day #Nigeria!

“Congratulations to the leadership, government and good people of Nigeria on this occasion.

“Nigeria’s Flag was featured today on #BurjKhalifa to celebrate our growing relations,” Taffaq wrote.

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However, it has emerged that it cost 250,000 Emirate Dirham (approximately N25.6 million) to put up.

Lead Partner at SBM Intelligence, Mr. Cheta Nwanze, who tweets from @Chxta, claimed this in a tweet on Friday.

He wrote, “Woke up to see cretins in my mentions about Burj Khalifa.

“Newsflash: #Dubai didn’t do that shit because they love #Nigeria.

*Someone blew ₦25.9M on that stunt. Food inflation at 16% but you’re blowing money on trips. Biko let me go for my exercise. This 19° won’t go to waste.”

Nwanze further shared information about advert rates for displays on the Burj Khalifa.

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