On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast claiming that all Fulani residents in Kano have been asked to leave the State.
The claim read in parts “ Hausas in Kano have asked the Fulanis to leave northern Nigeria while breaking the exclusive Fulani mosque. Behold the Ottoman Dan Fodio prophecy of about 220 years is happening before our very eyes. DAN.”
Also attached to the claim was a video of people seen vandalizing a mosque.
Investigations carried out by CDD revealed that the claim that Fulanis have been asked to vacate Kano State is false.
More checks showed that the video attached to the broadcast was from a clash in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State and not from Kano as claimed.
Also, the vandalization seen in the video was from the destruction of property in Billiri, Gombe State which took place during a clash between some religious groups in the community. The crisis in Billiri erupted after the installation of the traditional ruler (the stool of Mai Tangale) following the death of late Mai Tangale Dr Abdu Buba Maisharu in January 2021.
Following the attacks in Billiri, the Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, on Saturday, February 20, 2021, vowed to prosecute those fueling crisis.
According to the Governor, the violence in Billiri had led to the loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira.
The claim that Fulanis resident in Kano State has all been asked to vacate the state is false. The video circulating on WhatsApp alongside the broadcast is a clip from a crisis in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State.
CDD is urging the general public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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