Outrage as crowd attack man suspected of being ‘fake bishop’ at Shettima unveiling

An as yet unidentified man believed to be identified as a cleric who attended the unveiling of All Progressives Congress (APC) vice-presidential candidate Kashim Shettima was attacked by a mob at a market in ‘Abuja.

This weekend, a now-viral video emerged on social media showing how a man, whose facial appearance resembled one of the clerics who attended the unveiling of Shetttima, was manhandled by a crowd in a market.

TheCable cannot independently verify if the man spotted in the video is one of the clerics who attended the APC event.

In the video, the man was seen being protected and escorted by men believed to be security guards amidst a crowd of angry people shouting insults at him.

In the video, some people were heard chanting “fake bishop, bishop of Tinubu, see one of the bishops used by Tinubu.”

According to reports, the man came to Dei-Dei market, a popular market in the suburbs of Abuja, to buy materials for plumbing work before being attacked by mobs.

The incident sparked outrage on social media.

CONTEXT

July 10APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu who is a Muslim from the south-west has announced Shettima, a Muslim from the north-east, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.

The Muslim-Muslim ticket had drawn criticism from some Nigerians who called it an “injustice” to the Christian community.

July 20Shettima was unveiled as Tinubu’s running mate at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja.

The highlight of the event was the presence of some people dressed in Christian clergymen’s clothes, who came to show their support for the APC vice-presidential candidate.

The Incident sparked criticism while the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) distanced itself from clerics, saying that “craftsmen” were hired to act as clerics.

‘THE JUSTICE MOB ON BISHOP/PLUMBER IS UNACCEPTABLE’

African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore called the attack “unacceptable, barbaric and criminal”.

“I was particularly shocked that some highly respected people on Facebook/WhatsApp and elsewhere celebrated this mob justice against this particular Nigerian,” Sowore said.

“Since the advent of this election cycle, we have seen and observed an increased level of citizen harassment via death threats, arson threats, verbal and now physical abuse against those who do not support the candidacy of Peter Obi.

“A Catholic Church led by the Rev. Ejike Mbaka, known as the Ministry of Worship, fell victim to this mob action, the Femi Kuti African Shrine in Lagos fell victim to arsonists for his refusal to support Mr Obi for the presidency.

“We saw supporters brandishing weapons and threatening people who might not support Obi’s candidacy. A former media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has constantly complained that his one-year-old daughter’s life was threatened on several occasions.

“Obi supporters are not alone in this unconscionable act, a disabled Obi supporter has reportedly been beaten for flaunting his paraphernalia. However, Obi’s militants demonstrated the most intolerance and harassment towards his opponents.

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