VERDICT: False and Misleading
On Monday, October 19, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a 30 seconds viral video on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, claiming women dressed in hijabs while chanting and dancing were calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation.
The women were heard chanting “Buhari is a hypocrite and should release Mallam for us” in Hausa.
According to the post, the incident took place during the #EndSARS protest in Katsina State as youths went all out to demand an end to insecurity, among many others.
Investigation by fact-checkers showed that the video was not captured during the #EndSARS protest in Katsina as widely claimed.
A check by CDD shows that the video originally published on YouTube on Monday, October 12, 2020, by the African Best TV has gained over 44,000 views before being shared on Twitter.
More checks by the Centre revealed that the video which is an old one is from a protest calling for the release of the Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as the Shiite group. El-Zakzaky was arrested and has been in detention since 2015 for murder and leading an unlawful gathering.
To further clarify the claim, the words chanted by the people seen in the video clearly contradicts the claim because the protesters were chanting, “Buhari is a hypocrite and should release Mallam for us ”.
The word Mallam is used in Nigeria and other African tribes as an appendage to the name of a learned man or scribe. The Shiite group are known to refer to El-Zakzaky as Mallam and their women are known to wear dark clothes; black and ash.
Katsina women did not protest or call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari. The video shared on various social media platforms depicting women Katsina women protesting against the president is false and misleading. It is an old video from the Shiite protest on the release of their leader Mallam Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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