The Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has cautioned Nigerians in the country to refrain from loud celebrations in the event the Super Eagles score a goal or win the semi-final match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana football team.
The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mrs Francisca Omayuli, confirmed the warning on Tuesday.
The High Commission said in a statement that its attention was drawn to potentially inflammatory online comments made by a section of South African citizens against Nigerians living in the host country, largely influenced by the upcoming 2024 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
“Most of the comments consist of veiled threats against “Nigerians cooking jollof rice” before the match, and “showing pepper to Nigerians if the Bafana Bafana lose to the Super Eagles”, among others,” the statement reads.
“In this regard, the High Commission hereby advises the Nigerian community to be watchful of their utterances, be mindful of where they choose to watch the match especially in public places, and refrain from engaging in loud, riotous or provocative celebrations should the Super Eagles win the match.”
The high commission urged Nigerians to maintain good conduct and be law-abiding before, during and after the match, adding that if any provocations arise, they should reach out to the commission or report to the appropriate authorities.