The Nigerian Government on Saturday debunked reports making the rounds but not on Eye9ja of a bomb explosion at the South African High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Eye9ja understands that the federal government while speaking on the alleged bomb explosion in Abuja, maintained that the report that had since been making the rounds on the explosion was fake and was being orchestrated by “desperate opposition.”
This was made known in a statement on Saturday, September 7, by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who maintained that the fake news was being perpetrated by the opposition to cause panic and chaos among the populace.
Eye9ja reports that the Nigerian government in the statement by Mohammed said the video of the supposed bomb explosion being circulated on the social media, was that of the bomb explosion at Emab Plaza, near Banex, in Abuja on June 25, 2014.
The statement by Mohammed, as obtained by Eye9ja reads as thus; ”A pattern is emerging of the antics of the desperate opposition to latch on to the use of fake news and disinformation as a strategy to trigger chaos in the country. On Friday (6 Sept 2019), they doctored and circulated the video of my appearance on Channels Television in January 2015 (when I was the spokesman of the APC) to make it look like I was begging Nigerians to forgive President Buhari for not
having a school certificate.
“Worse still, they posted the video afresh, giving the impression it happened last Thursday and that I acted in my capacity as Minister of Information and Culture.
”Unfortunately for them, this doctored video came out on the same day a report emerged that the PDP had sent lawyers and party agents to the University of Cambridge to confirm the authenticity of the President’s West African school certificate, only to be stunned to discover that not only did the President write the examination, he also passed.
”One would have expected a party that trumpets its belief in the rule of law, a party that challenged the result of the last presidential election in court, to wait patiently for the impending judgement on the issue instead of engaging in underhand tactics and resorting to self help.”
Mohammed in his statement further warned the perpetrators of the spread of fake news to desist or be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Mohammed while speaking on behalf of the Nigerian government on the alleged bomb explosion, appealed to Nigerians to be very discerning and to endeavour to always verify the authenticity of the information they receive.
”This is just the beginning. Nigerians should expect an explosion of fake news and disinformation in the days and weeks ahead. This is because the desperation of this opposition is alarming. But their strategy will fail, just like every other dubious strategy that they have been employing in their desperate bid to grab power,” he said.