In a courageous account, Nigerian comedian, Muhammadu Bashir Abdulai, widely known as Father DMW, shared his harrowing journey of escaping potential indoctrination into the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Hailing from Maiduguri, Borno State, Father DMW revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists were relentlessly recruiting and arming young men to join their ranks. To avoid this fate, he ingeniously disguised himself as a woman in a hijab.
In a recent interview with Vanzu TV, Father DMW recounted the life-threatening situation in his hometown, where those who refused to join the sect were ruthlessly slaughtered by the Boko Haram.
To secure his safety, Father DMW made the daring decision to dress as a woman, complete with makeup, breasts, and other convincing measures to conceal his identity. This daring ruse allowed him to successfully evade detection by the Boko Haram terrorists and flee to Lagos.
Once in Lagos, he began a new life as a bike rider, but destiny had more in store for him. Fate led him to cross paths with renowned singer, Davido, whom he started running errands for. Through this association, Father DMW’s fame began to rise.
In his own words, spoken in Pidgin English, Father DMW expressed the gravity of the situation he faced, saying “Boko Haram dem go and kill everybody. Like me, if dem see me, they just give me gun, if I never follow them, they will now start to kill me.
“When they entered, I wear hijab like woman. Do make up, put breasts, y*nsh, everything to escape. Because if they know say you be man, if dem commot that hijab, no be shoot dem go shoot you o, na knife dem go cut you.”
Father DMW’s compelling story serves as a powerful reminder of the courage and resilience exhibited by individuals striving to escape the clutches of extremism, as well as the human spirit’s capacity to overcome adversity in pursuit of a safer and better life.