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Reactions As Nigerian Governor Orders Security Aides To Slap, Arrest Cleric



Reactions As Nigerian Governor Orders Security Aides To Slap, Arrest Cleric

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, has come under heavy criticism for ordering his security aides to slap one of the Islamic clerics at a gathering.

Bago in a viral video ordered his aide to ‘slap’ the cleric.

“Slap him, very well. I said slap him. Go and arrest him. Deal with him well-well”, the governor ordered.

The Governor according to Punch was said to have also uttered a Hausa idiomatic expression which was interpreted as “I have power.”

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The cleric, who knelt down, was dragged away from the gathering by one of the security operatives suspected to be an officer of the Department of State Services.

Some of the people at the gathering were laughing and giggling when the governor gave the order.

Some sources said the offence of the cleric was that he wanted to give the closing prayer at the event which the governor opposed.

Reacting on social media on Saturday, many Nigerians described the governor’s action as an abuse of power.

A popular skit maker, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, wrote, “A governor who has sworn to serve the people is ordering a security agent to assault the same citizen he sworn to serve. See security agent too, flexing muscles on a man already on his knees. Continue pushing the people until they get to the wall.

“See my people laughing and giggling while their brother, a fellow human being like them was being assaulted by the same person that swore to serve and protect them.”

Also, an X user identified as @greatjoe01 tweeted, “I sincerely understand when people argue against state policing for fear of this kind of abuse of power from the governors. But what exactly are the governors not doing with the federal police now?

“Here is a DSS agent being ordered to carry out illegality. What are we afraid of?

However, when contacted, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, said he was not aware of the viral video.

He said, “I am not aware of the video. Is it social media work? I will look for it, let me check.”

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