A name change edit on the Wikipedia page of Bola Tinubu has stirred huge reactions on social media.
The former governor of Lagos state had marked his 69th birthday on Monday, March 29. He was overwhelmingly celebrated on social media celebration by Nigerian political players and leaders.
A Twitter user @_PLICE first made the observation of a discrepancy in age after the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made a birthday shout out to Tinubu on Twitter.
Minutes after he raised the alarm, another Twitter user @oreke_lewa pointed out that the age has been edited. It went from 79 to 69.
Nigerians were torn between which of the ages were his in actuality. Some others are of the opinion that he is way older than 69.
“So, according to them, Tinubu is just 13 years older than SanwoOlu. Lol.”
“This is to tell you those guys in power are virtually active in what’s going on social media. Indirectly we’re the ones feeding them with the correction which they implement…”
”No. “Anybody cannot edit wiki content and it appears publicly. Edits are documented, but only verified editions are posted publicly.”
Wikipedia is known to be carrier of reliable and accurate information from confirmed sources.
While it is easy to access by anyone, Wikipedia says articles, including that of celebrities and public figures, are verified in reliable sources before it is accessible by the public.
Unverified edits, according to Wikipedia, can be done but won’t reflect publicly.
It is unclear how Wikipedia made such mistake in the age of a public figure and why it had to be fixed on his birthday.
Meanwhile, It was earlier reported that the moment Tinubu fell at the 11th annual Arewa House lecture was captured in a video that went viral.
In the video shared by a Twitter user @emmaikumeh on the platform, Tinubu who chaired the event was moving across – behind the high table – flanked by participants and some security detail when the fall occurred.