An anonymous reader writes: Politico reports, "The Nigerian ambassador to the United States
... decried Sen. Ted Cruz’s joke ... that “Nigerian email scammers” built the government’s health care exchange website, saying his comments are offensive and demanded an apology. Ambassador Ade Adefuye told POLITICO that Nigerians are “disappointed and shocked” by Cruz’s comments. “We deplore the statement, and we demand an apology, and we demand it be withdrawn,” Adefuye said. ... A spokeswoman for Cruz said the comments were made in jest and were not intended to impugn Nigerians as a people. “The senator meant no offense. He was making a joke based on the official term of a commonly utilized type of scam, referenced often by the FBI, security firms and various news sites,” Catherine Frazier said. The FBI identifies “Nigerian letter fraud” on its website describing common fraud schemes, saying it involves a letter sent from Nigeria offering to share profits if the recipient helps a self-proclaimed government official transfer funds out of the country."