By Salim Yunusa
Social media users blast staunch government critic and former Minister, Femi Fani Kayode for sharing a fake video on his Twitter platform, showing some armed men converting people to Islam. In his scathing tweet that contained the video, he said, “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!”
Mustapha Bulama, reknowned cartoonist, debunked the video, saying, “Fake News. This was a mass conversation to Islam which to place in Kolia in Ivory Coast. It was posted by @ibrahimakone49 on TikTok 4 days ago.”
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, also debunked the video on his official Twitter handle, saying, “This widely shared video on social media is totally misleading and the work of those who wish to see the country up in flames. This video is an old video that does NOT even originate from Nigeria, talk more of Niger State.
As citizens, we should rather use our vantage position to complement the peace efforts of the government than spread fake news, cause disunity, raise unnecessary alarm capable of causing disaffection among the peace-loving people of Niger State and Nigeria at large,” he said.