A photo of a newspaper page wherein Tafawa Balewa, the late prime minister of Nigeria, was addressed as Desmond Elliot, a Nollywood star, has surfaced online and gone viral.
Nigeria will mark its 60th Independence Day anniversary on Thursday.
In commemoration of the occasion, a Nigerian newspaper had ran a story examining prominent figures who pioneered the affairs of the country in its early days.
The article had listed Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe and Ahmadu Bello alongside Balewa.
But the newspaper had mistakenly addressed Balewa as Elliot, who recently made the headlines for endorsing godfatherism and tackling Godwin Obaseki, Edo governor, for adopting “Edo no be Lagos” as his re-election mantra.
Quite a number of Nigerians have since taken to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to express their different views on the matter.
While some simply laughed off the seeming comparison between the two, others called for the sack of the person behind such mistake.
“Whoever did this should be sanctioned… How can this be Desmond Elliot?,” a user wrote.
Whoever did this👇 should be sanctioned…
How can this be Desmond Elliot? pic.twitter.com/ywkGgv1EoJ
— Ogonna Blessing (@ogonna_blessing) September 30, 2020
When l saw Desmond Elliot trending,l thought he has commissioned another public toilet for his constituency.
— chijioke, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering(Affidavit). (@Ekwulu) September 30, 2020
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Desmond Elliot how come?, bia who did this pic.twitter.com/JXo5dHikGB
— OmoEbonyi (@nwaezeokechima) September 30, 2020
— Theophilus of Abeokuta (@TheophilusAO1) September 30, 2020
— Crisscross Africa (@crisscrosafrica) September 30, 2020
Desmond Elliot was too ugly back then…. I think his reincarnated self looks way better biko.
— Chris NG (@TherealChrisNG) September 30, 2020
Desmond Elliot one of our founding fathers 🤣. pic.twitter.com/KBpdhJEcsI
— Taita (@simingi) September 30, 2020
I am lost 😁
Naija twitter na to catch cruise abeg😂 pic.twitter.com/OZ87mGR2SN
— EMEKA OKOLI KINGSLEY (@Okoliemeka7) September 30, 2020
— lau (@newshoenew) September 30, 2020
When in history did Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa change his name to Desmond Elliot?#NigeriaAt60 #Nigeria #Independence#NigeriaIndependenceDay#NigeriaAt60Challenge #Nigeriaat60Countdown pic.twitter.com/mb5ShTdwZG
— Kenny Amasike | Website Designer-Lagos (@boicom7) September 30, 2020
I didn't know Desmond elliot was that old…ancient of days 😅😂🙂
— Shayee (@SeyiAyantunde) September 30, 2020
Great..e remain to change the name for 5 naira note to Desmond Elliot 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/dNWwcryfP8
— ɢʀᴇᴇɴʙᴀᴄᴋ (@realElderGodwin) September 30, 2020
Tafawa Balewa is who Desmond Elliot thinks he is 😁
— Lady Peecky (@Marian_Adewole) September 30, 2020