The Presidency has debunked media report that Nigeria attended an event during which United States officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
A source from the presidency spoke to journalists in Abuja saying the federal government had written to a foreign medium Al Jazeera, demanding a retraction of its story that listed Nigeria as one of the countries represented at the event.
According to the source,
“Based on that report, the minister queried the ambassador to explain why he attended the event. The ambassador replied that he was not at the event.”
He added that, it was on the strength of the ambassador’s response that the federal government wrote to Al Jazeera to retract its story.
However, the U.S has officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a deeply controversial move that angered Palestinians and drew widespread global condemnation.
The ceremony took place in the midst of road closures and heavy police presence in anticipation of Palestinian protests.