South Africa breaks silence on bomb blast at embassy in Nigeria
Bobby Monroe, the acting chairman of the South African High Commission in Nigeria, has reacted to the news of bomb blast at their embassy.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Monroe stated that the embassy is intact contrary to claims that there was a bomb blast at the premises.
Moroe said: “Both South African missions in Nigeria remain intact; all our staff members are safe and no reports of intimidation have been brought to our attention.
“The careless use of social media is a ploy to create tension and panic among our peoples of South Africa and Nigeria.
“We condemn in strongest terms such acts of deception, as they seek to destroy the very essence of our relations with Nigeria and further fuel tension and confusion within society.
“We encourage social media users to be responsible, sensitive and always verify the authenticity of sensitive information before it can be circulated.”
His words corroborated a statement by the Federal Government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, which said the report “is fake news orchestrated by desperate opposition to cause panic and chaos among the populace”.
Lai Mohammed added that he video purported to be an explosion at the embassy was that of a bomb explosion at Emab Plaza, which occurred on June 25, 2014, near Banex, Abuja.
“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,” he said.