PDP behind fake video of explosion in South Africa High Commission – FG

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has debunked the report being circulated on the social media of a bomb explosion at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Saturday, calling the report fake news orchestrated by the desperate opposition to cause panic and chaos among the populace.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the video of the purported bomb explosion, which is being circulated on the social media, is that of the bomb explosion at Emab Plaza, near Banex, in Abuja on June 25, 2014.

The Minister said it is now apparent that the desperate opposition has decided to use fake news and disinformation as handy tools in their avowed determination to make Nigeria ungovernable, having lost woefully at the polls.

‘”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,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed appealed to Nigerians to be very discerning at this time, and 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.

The Minister warned those behind the orchestrated fake news and disinformation campaign to stop forthwith or be made to face the music.



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  • Sam Fash, good talk, Atiku is the one doing all this foolish things, remember he said Nigeria destiny is attached to his destiny if he fails to rule Nigeria, that there will be problem, he's just too desparate, Atiku is not a Nigerian, he came out this time to destroy Nigeria and run to Jada in Cameroo where he belong, he's lucky that PMB did not come with khaki he would have been forgotten in jail long before now, Atiku will soon be expose watch! ! HE ATIKU WILL NEVER BE NIGERIA PRESIDENT FOR EVER AND EVER AMEN

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  • The govt is wasting too much time to deal ruthlessly with Atikumen on various insurbodinations towards the govt.

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  • God will punish u and this govt. Must we always play politics with everything? People are dead and properties destroyed and this fool is vomiting rubbish.. God will make u see what others are seeing

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    • God punish you Igbo man for supporting lies. Are you not ashamed as a Nigerian for a group of people to use an unfortunate situation that happened in South Africa to poison the minds of Nigerians. Animal

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      • I don't blame u the only problem u have is igbo and as a youruba man u are pefect .. . Don't worry u will see what others see. Very soon

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  • Together with their foreign collaborators, they are failure. True Nigerians are wiser, intelligent and reasonable. Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, my advise for you is to collaborate with the Ministry of Education and fashion out robust means and ways by which our teeming illiterate population could be supported and assisted to become gainfully educated and literate. I believe our senior citizens, who were not privileged to attend school could learn to read and write, given enabling and supportive environment. It's not late for them!

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