Well, according to Gizmodo, the Nigerian government feared that Microsoft’s chairman would not be able to support himself during his stay in the country and thus, he would become a drain on Nigeria’s social services.
As it follows, the authorities granted Mr. Gates a visa only after he manged to obtain a letter from his bank that proved his financial status.
In the mean time, Forbes estimates that Bill Gates’ personal fortune is currently around $59 billion.
Still, we wonder if this mishap hasn’t been caused by a bitter 419 scammer, still upset because Bill Gates didn’t answer his mails. After all, Internet scams are a national sport in Nigeria.