Pastor locks himself into cage full of lions to show he has divine protection

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    A so-called Nigerian holy man locked himself in a cage with three lions to demonstrate his ‘divine protection’, like in the biblical story of Daniel, who was saved by the beasts by God himself.

    The pastor leader, who wanted to prove that “nothing can happen to a man of God”, even appeared to invite his congregation to the animal park to witness the stunt – and it appears he came out unscathed even after putting his arm in one of the animal's mouths.

    The clip shows the so-called pastor, seen wearing a bright blue suit, stroking the growling lions in their enclosure in Nigeria before he risks a limb, all the while looking confidently at the camera.

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    It appears as though the crazed man of cloth was recreating the biblical story of Daniel, who was thrown into a lion’s den and came out unscathed thanks to the hand of God.

    However, the BBC claim that the man is not a man of god at all, saying that he is in fact a zoo keeper.

    And instead of being wowed by the godly grace of the stunt, Kenyan MP Ronald Karauri, 45, offered to pay for the pastor to be sent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve to try the stunt with wild lions, after he noticed the viral footage.

    The MP said: “I volunteer to take him to the Maasai Mara please, all expenses paid. We look for the lions and he can go walk with them.”

    One local agreed and commented: “I challenge him to do that at Maasai Mara!”

    Another said: “Those are not lions, they are lion cubs. Big difference.”

    Someone else wrote: “Oh Yeah! Lemme bring my dog and lock him up with it for one minute.”

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    Another local suggested: “He went in just after they were fed.”

    Erik remarked: “Why are the growls added over the natural soundtrack?”

    Bill commented: “They should have taken him to the wild lions at the Kenyan park, those lions were given drugs.”

    The BBC reported that despite claims that the clip is from Nigeria, it appears to have originated in Somalia. The organisation also claims that they found the man in the clip, and he's not a church leader.

    Reporters used reverse image searching to determine that the man is Mohamed Abdirahman Mohamed, a zookeeper who has been working at the park, which is in Mogadishu, Somalia, for over eight years.

    There are other videos of Mohamed with the lions, the oldest posted in March this year, the BBC said.

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