The Federal Government has accused the opposition of being behind the circulation of a video alleging an explosion at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Saturday.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said in a statement that the purported bomb explosion had taken place at Emab Plaza, near Banex, in Abuja on June 25, 2014.
This comes amidst tension over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa and the reprisal attacks on facilities owned by South Africans in Nigeria.
Mr Mohammed said the circulation of the video was the work of the ‘desperate’ opposition without mentioning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The statement said: “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.”
The minister appealed to Nigerians to check the veracity of any 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.