Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has labelled the viral social media video of Boko Haram forcefully converting people to Islam as fake.
The Governor spoke after a video emerged on social media alleging that the terrorists are forcing people in some areas of Niger State which they have conquered to forcefully convert to Islam.
The video was shared on Twitter by former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Naija News earlier reported.
He wrote alongside the video that: “Boko Haram and ISWA forcefully converting people to Islam in the parts of Niger state that they have captured, conquered, occupied and flown their flag.
“This is happening just two hours from Abuja! I warned you.”
However, the Niger State governor has debunked the video as fake, explaining that the video is an old video and the event depicted in it didn’t happen in Nigeria.
Governor Bello also called on Fano-Kayode to delete the video.
“Please query your sources as this is not Niger State or even Nigeria. We understand that this video is from Ivory Coast lifted from an IG user from the said country.
“We implore you to take this down. Thank you,” the Niger State Governor Bello tweeted.
Please query your sources as this is not Niger state or even Nigeria. We understand that this video is from Ivory Coast lifted from an IG user from the said country.
— Public Enlightenment (@PE_Unit) May 2, 2021
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned religious and political leaders against calling for a forceful change of government or mass action that will plunge Nigeria into crisis.
The warning comes after the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to resign over rising insecurity.
In a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the DSS stated that some clerics only make divisive comments.