The social media has exploded with reactions after President Muhammadu Buhari referred to the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, as “President Michelle” of “West Germany”.
Speaking on Channels TV after the meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission presidents yesterday, President Buhari referred to “the G7 meeting in West Germany” and“consultations with President Michelle”.
This has triggered reactions on social media with many expressing disappointment at the President’s utterance.
After referring to her country as West Germany, Chancellor Merkel decided that the man was better off as a bodyguard pic.twitter.com/4bPb2gQc6S
— Lady Macbeth (@LadyMacbethh89) June 12, 2015
Hahaha "President Michelle of West Germany" Buhari don finish Nigeria
— Offi$hal (@DOFFISHAL) June 12, 2015
West Germany: I've seen a public figure, MamaP is better than. Pronunciation issues,Yes! But not amnesia causing International embarrassment
— May Ubeku (@Maybeks) June 12, 2015
Three mistakes in just five words…Tor!"@harde_dheji: 'President Michelle of West Germany'? Our president still lives in the stone ages"
— 'Sanjo Owojaiye (@Laolualasiki) June 12, 2015
— Xavier M. (@xaviermarshal) June 12, 2015
West Germany is a diplomatic blunder. A national embarrassment https://t.co/YpDtK0zvT4
— Obinna (@obaino_) June 12, 2015
PMB has to step up his game. He needs to be conversant with current realities. "West Germany" gaffe shouldn't repeat.
— Ify (@Ifynaija) June 12, 2015
Buhari goes to West Germany pic.twitter.com/dozeT5jbOu
— Boye (@boye007) June 11, 2015
Dear Lord, what sort of embarrassment is this? West Germany? We all thought it was over with Patience Jona, has GMB taken he batton?
— Emenike Kalu (@PeeExcellence) June 11, 2015
Just 14 days, Baba is already embarrassing us around the world. They must think us all semiliterates. Afi West Germany. ?
— Precious N. Assiak (@ImaAbasi_Assiak) June 11, 2015
Una dey abuse aunt Patience Jona. Now see buhari dey do WEST GERMANY
— BennyCapricorn (@BennyCapricorn) June 11, 2015
Present at the meeting were; Idriss Deby Itno (President of the Republic of Chad), Boni Yayi (President of the Republic of Benin), Paul Biya (President of the Republic of Cameroun) among others.
At the onset of the Cold War, Germany was divided among the Western and Eastern blocs. Germany was de facto divided into two countries and two special territories, the Saarland and divided Berlin.
During this period NATO-aligned West Germany and Warsaw Pact-aligned East Germany were divided by the inner German border. After 1961, West Berlin was physically separated from East Berlin as well as from East Germany by the Berlin Wall.
This situation ended when East Germany was dissolved and its five states joined the ten states of the Federal Republic of Germany along with the reunified city-state of Berlin. With the reunification of West and East Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, with sixteen states, became known as “Germany”.
West Germany no longer exists.