A mistake on Google is causing people to freak out about Nigeria's currency soaring

Nigeria nairaA man walks past a promotional banner showing a photograph of a pile of Nigerian naira along a road in Lagos.Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

  • Nigeria is going to the polls on Saturday.
  • Ahead of the election, an error on Google shows the value of the country's currency is more than twice as strong as it really is.
  • The error has caused a stir on Twitter.
  • Watch the Nigerian naira trade live.

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 is trading at 184 per US dollar, nearly twice as strong as its current value of 362. However, a quick look at the chart shows the currency at the correct value.

Nigerian nairaGoogle

Still, that hasn't stopped people from excitedly weighing in on Twitter.

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NigeriaTwitter/@t_banny

This isn't the first time the currency's value has been wrongly displayed on Google. Last March, a similar error occurred, with a Google search showing the naira's exchange rate at 182.16 per US dollar. At the time, was trading at about 360 per dollar.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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