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Presidency Condemns What It Calls “Cancel Campaign” Against Isa Pantami |The Republican News

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENCY ON RECENT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY

Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them.

This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is, currently, subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those who seek his removal. They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they are using to attempt to “cancel” him. But they will profit should he be stopped from making decisions that improve the lives of everyday Nigerians.

The Minister has, rightly, apologized for what he said in the early 2000s. The views were absolutely unacceptable then, and would be equally unacceptable today, were he to repeat them. But he will not repeat them – for he has publicly and permanently condemned his earlier utterances as wrong.

In the 2000s, the Minister was a man in his twenties; next year he will be 50. Time has passed, and people and their opinions – often rightly – change.

But all discerning Nigerians know this manufactured dispute is nothing to do with the Minister’s prior words, but solely concern his actions in the present.

This Administration is committed to improving the lives of all Nigerians – and that includes ensuring they are not over-charged or under-protected for those services on which modern life depends.

The Minister has been leading the charge against illegal data deductions and pricing; he has revolutionized the government’s virtual public engagement to respond to COVID-19 and save taxpayers’ money; he has established ICT start-up centres to boost youth entrepreneurship and create jobs; he has changed policy to ensure locally produced ICT content is used by ministries, starting with his own; and he has deregistered some 9.2 million SIMs – ending the ability for criminals and terrorists to flagrantly use mobile networks undetected. In two short years, Minister Pantami has driven the contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP to more than 18 percent, making it one of the top two playing a critical role in the emergence of the economy from the COVID 19-induced recession.

In putting people first, the Minister and this administration have made enemies. There are those in the opposition who see success and want it halted by any means. And there is now well-reported information that alleges newspaper editors rebuffed an attempt to financially induce them to run a smear campaign against the minister by some ICT companies, many of which do indeed stand to lose financially through lower prices and greater consumer protections. The government is now investigating the veracity behind these claims of attempted inducement, and – should they be found to hold credence – police and judicial action must be expected.

The Administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian citizens to ensure they receive fair treatment, fair prices, and fair protection in ICT services.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 22, 2021

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Minutes Of Joint Meeting Of Jamma’atu Nasril Islam Chaired By Pantami, Proves Further His Link To Extremism |RN

Isa Pantami

There has been allegations, facts from the past and recordings linking one of Buhari’s minister, Isa Pantami to Islamic extremism and outright religious violence.

In the last two weeks, barrages of evidence have been pouring in in this regard and one wonders how are these ministers picked. What criteria are met for their nominations and what are steps taken by the national assembly for acceptance or approval of their nominations.

Below is the minute, whose contents would shock many if not everyone unless they hold similar extreme views based on religious hatred.

MINUTES OF A JOINT MEETING OF THE JAMMA’ATU NASRIL ISLAM (J.N.I.) OF FOUR STATES CONSISTING OF PLATEAU, BAUCHI, KADUNA AND NIGER STATES HELD IN BAUCHI CENTRAL MOSQUE ON THE 13TH JULY 2010 CHAIRED BY MALLAM ALI IBRAHIM PANTAMI

The meeting is born out the growing antagonism, hardship and how the Christian in Nigeria are attacking and despising the religion of Allah. The worrisome issue is that the south and west of Nigeria is predominantly Christians whom Muslims are considered as animals. However, in the Northern part of Nigeria which is predominantly Muslims, the Christians want to still take over.
The main aim of this meeting is to:
a. Address the growth and the spread of Christianity in the North.
b. Receive reports of the treatment meted against the religion of Allah in some parts of the North especially Plateau State.
c. Re-strategize towards the full implementation of Jihad in Jos, Plateau and as well as Kaduna State.
d. The liberation of Kaduna State.

As stated earlier, Christianity is fast growing in the Northern part of the country which is totally uncalled for. We are aware that Christianity has humiliated Islam in the south west; Islam can no longer thrive there. We are treated with contempt as non Nigerians in that part of the country.
Furthermore, the Christians brought out a scheme so as to get rooted and get liberated in the North; they brought what they called middle belt. This middle belt cover all the Christians dominated areas and is been championed by the Plateau big wigs.


The Christians have now extended not only in remote areas of the North but inside the cities as against the wishes of our Islamic leaders whom are no more. It should be noted that our leaders like the great Sardauna, Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Abubakar Gummi, Alhaji Sheu Maigandu, Mallam Isaka Ramallan etc admonished us not to allow a church built in city in the North. This is because it is against the Qur’an for a church standing close and in rivalry with a mosque. It is also their wish that part of the North be dominated and ruled by Muslims, it will afford the North the opportunity to practice Sharia law while other parts of the country use the common law.


To checkmate and caution the growing of Christianity in the Northern country, all Islamic clergies will pay a visit to all governors of the North and traditional rulers who are Muslims and presenting them the following set rules:

  1. They must device policies to see that all churches built in their respective states capitals are demolished to allow mosques in the city capital. Providing the Christians specific place to build their churches and be called Church Street.
  2. Christians preaching in the streets in respective states through the media and other means be regulated.
  3. As it was the case in Katsina State during Governor Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, a ban should be placed in all Northern States governed by a Muslim on teaching of Christian Religion in schools.
  4. Place a ban on Christians using the public address system during the services. These demands must be adhered to and adopted by the Muslims governor for the interest of peace. They should note that we have more control of the masses and the youths. Any attempt by the Christians to disobey or revolt against the decision shall mean fighting against the religion of Allah which the followers of Allah shall not watch but we will wipe out the Christians in these states.

REPORT FROM JNI PLATEAU
Sheik Sani Yahaya of JIBWIS on behalf of the JNI Chairman presented the challenges and the maltreatment against the religion of Allah by the Governor of Plateau, his government, the Berom nation and as well as the entire Christians. He has also stated the efforts they have made and their stands.
He started by saying that Muslims in Plateau state are in great danger, Muslims in Plateau are dehumanized, humiliated, maltreated and scorned by the Christians according to him. The machinery of government is used by the Berom Christians.
Points to be noted include:

  1. Over 7000 Muslims are massacred by the Christians in Plateau state since governor Jang assumed office.
  2. Governor Jang came to destroy Islam in Plateau State and to drive away any non Berom Christian in Plateau State.
  3. Un-estimated houses with Billions of Naira, were destroyed by the Berom Christians since Governor Jang assumed office.
  4. There is an existing plan and policy by Governor Jang and his government to wipe out any Muslim in Jos, through the Jos Master plan, placing a ban on motorcycle operation, disallowing our traders to trade freely and unnecessary arrest of our youths.
  5. No Muslim is given appointment with the Plateau state government.
  6. The government of Plateau state has ordered the Plateau state water board to stop pumping water in places that are predominantly Muslims.
  7. All the crises in Jos are taking place in Berom land.
  8. Governor Jang admonished his Berom Christians to keep on killing the Muslims that he has bribed all the Muslims traditional rulers with money and seat to Haji.
    The Muslims Ummah in Jos has solemnly resolved to fight the governor, his government and the entire Christians in any way possible. They shall never support this government and they will destroy any development that shall come to Plateau even the existing ones. Again, they are ready for Jihad in the state as we have presently secured the needed arms. Over 3,000 foreign arms have now entered Jos and we will not vote during the governorship election. But we shall ensure that we have the position of the Federal House of Representative Jos North/Bassa Chairman, Jos North, Senator Representing Plateau North, Plateau State member Jos North-North. They shall shed the last drop of our blood to ensure that the Jos master plan and the ban on Okada is realized. The Ummah in Jos shall frustrate the peace and development of the entire state. All traders and Okada riders have been enjoined not to go out for their business without any preparation on a daily basis, they are soliciting the support of the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to support Islam in Plateau in cash and in kind as there is an endowment fund raising to procure more arms and especially explosives. They have also declared both open and silent killings in Muslim areas on any Christian and security (No go area).
    We have pledged to deal with any Muslim especially those who are dinning together with the governor for the selfishness without giving a consideration to the Ummah. They shall kill them and their families and generations wipe away, we are watching.

RE-STRATEGIZE TOWARDS THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF JIHAD IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE.
Haven’t seen the need for Islam to take its full rightful position in Jos there is need for all Muslim in Nigeria to come to terms and re-strategize Muslims all over should bear in mind Jos is now labeled as a deadly zone to all none Christians. There is need for all Muslims to extend their support to the Muslims in Jos Plateau and ensure that Jos is captured and declared a Muslim territory.
With the way the governor and the government of Plateau is dehumanizing, scorning the religion of Allah, the only solution for our liberation is Jihad. The Muslim Ummah shall use Jihad and ensure that Governor Jang did not return to office. Muslims in the state shall ensure that few months before the general elections Jihad will be declared in the state which cannot be controlled even by the security agency with great slaughter and massacre which the Federal government will have no option than to declare a state of emergency in Plateau. They shall use some of his political rivals to fight him and ensure that he did not return to office by plight of Muslims will be reduced. While they guard their areas, they must go out and attack the Christian dominated area and also destroy any government property at their disposal in the state.

THE LIBERATION OF KADUNA STATE
Kaduna State is one of the historic and ancient cities in the history of Northern Nigeria. It is a state which has bred so many Islamic and National leaders. It is also a place where so many meetings and plans were carried out. Kaduna is the headquarters of Northern Nigeria. For a number of years Kaduna has witnessed its own share of religious crisis and for quite sometime Christianity has been silenced thus the Muslims dominating every sector. It explains why the present southern Kaduna is agitating for the creation of a new state to give them breathing space. The Muslim Ummah in the entire Northern Nigeria are greatly shocked, surprised and sad with the present development given a Christian the opportunity to rule. In the history of this country a non Muslim has never ruled Kaduna State because of our numerical strength, political power and prowess and as well as its significance to Islam.
The present development given Patrick Yakowa to rule Kaduna State is totally uncalled for and a slap to Islam in Nigeria, it is considered as equal a Christian ruling in Mecca, Iran or Iraq. No Muslim can be given the opportunity of such magnitude of even a deputy governor in Plateau State. The most worrisome situation is where Governor Yakowa is making moves to contest for the seat of the governor in 2011 and hoping to use government machines at his disposal. He also backed the support of the president his fellow Christian. To face the challenge in Kaduna State all Muslims must rise to their responsibilities and resolve to fight for Allah. The Muslim Ummah shall ensure that Governor Yakowa or any Christian does not assume that seat forever. We must device all political and Jihadic means to ensure that we realize our plan.

  1. 90 days from now, Muslims must ensure that peace has escaped Kaduna State.
  2. Muslims must hunt all Christian especially those in the cities.
  3. We must either use the security or other means to eliminate the governor, his family and all those they perceive are supporting him.
  4. Must face and frustrate all Christians in Kaduna who are civil servants and traders.
  5. Attacks must continue to be launched at Christians dominated areas as signals before Jihad.
  6. Shall use our men who are in the military to help us bring arms and ammunitions into Kaduna.
  7. Use all resources possible to have control of the security before and during these attacks.
    This meeting is highly confidential but can be related to all Muslims who wish to support this movement.

UZTAZ SANUSI MOHAMMED

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Pantami Was Chief Imam Of ATBU Mosque When My Son Was Murdered By Islamic Extremists —Father Of Slain Christian Students’ Leader |RN

His crime was that he was said to have distributed a Christian tract which Sheik Pantami had said blasphemed Islam and Prophet Mohammed.

In the wake of the unnerving stories about the support the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, gave to Islamic extremists in his past comments, a new revelation has emerged of how, as the Chief Imam of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi mosque, his preaching directly led to the brutal murder of a 400-level student, Sunday Achi, who was the leader of the ECWA Student Ministries (ESM) on the campus.

His crime was that he was said to have distributed a Christian tract which Sheik Pantami had said blasphemed Islam and Prophet Mohammed.

That was on December 9, 2004.

According to Niche online, the story was that Achi was dragged out from his room by Muslim fundamentalists at the prompting of Pantami, taken to a remote location within the school premises where he was stoned to death.

But according to the father of the late student, Prof. Samuel Achi, in Kaduna, his son was strangled to death inside the mosque where Pantami held court, not stoned.

“One thing I know that you people (media) got wrong was that my son was not stoned to death. He was strangled inside the mosque and they threw the corpse outside the university mosque,” he said.

He insisted that there was nothing blasphemous in the tract his son and his colleagues shared that should warrant a death sentence.

Achi narrated how a former governor of Kaduna state helped in retrieving his son’s corpse from Bauchi for burial in Kaduna by liaising with the then governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Muazu.

Many Nigerians have called for the sacking or resignation of Pantami after some comments he made some years ago came into light.

“We are all happy whenever unbelievers are killed,” Pantami once said as an Islamic scholar and cleric.

He also hailed Osama Bin Laden, who orchestrated the terrorist attacks on United States soil on September 11, 2001, saying the terrorist “is a better Muslim than myself.”

Pantami once also condemned Muslims who took up government positions, saying he would never join politics or take up a role in government.

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JUST IN: I Made Mistakes In The Past Because I Was Young, I’ve Changed Now —Pantami Pleads |The Republican News

I was young when I made some of the comments, I was in university, some of the comments were made when I was a…

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, has renounced some contoversial comments he made on Al Qaeda and Taliban.

The minister has been under fire over the comments which were interpreted as endorsing the extremist sects.

Social media users and some government critics have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to fire him if he fails to step down.

But while answering questions during his daily Ramadan lecture at Annor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday, the minister said he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past.

He said the campaign against him is politically motivated.

“For 15 years, I have moved round the country while educating people about the dangers of terrorism. I have traveled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano states and Difa in Niger Republic to preach against terrorism.

“I have engaged those with Boko Haram ideologies in different places. I have been writing pamphlets in Hausa, English and Arabic. I have managed to bring back several young persons who have derailed from the right path.

“Some of the comments I made some years ago that are generating controversies now were based on my understanding of religious issues at the time, and I have changed several positions taken in the past based on new evidence and maturity.

“I was young when I made some of the comments; I was in university, some of the comments were made when I was a teenager. I started preaching when I was 13, many scholars and individuals did not understand some of international events and therefore took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.”

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I Support Terrorist Groups Like Taliban, Al-Qaeda But I’m Not A Fan Of Boko Haram — Isa Pantami |The Republican News

Minister of Communications and Digital, Isa Pantami


Though Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami denounces any allegiance to Boko Haram, he expressed support for the global extremist groups, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria,’’ Mr Pantami said in one of his vicious preachings in the 2000s. “Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and to al-Qaeda (Allahumma’ nṣur Ṭālibān wa-tanẓīm al Qā‘ida).”

Mr Pantami’s call to Jihad and unalloyed support for murderous groups portray him as a dyed-in-the-wool Islamic fundamentalist. Yet, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr Pantami as communications minister to control the country’s massive data and telephone infrastructure and other sensitive details of national intelligence.

When contacted on Wednesday by newsmen regarding his support for the terrorist groups, the minister did not comment.

On Monday, Mr Pantami threatened to sue some media platforms for reporting that he is on the U.S. terror watchlist for supporting Boko Haram.

The minister had claimed on Twitter that his lectures “against the doctrines and all other evil people (terrorists) have been available for over 15 years, including debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria.”

But he failed to acknowledge that he is an avowed supporter of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, as revealed in a 2019 academic document ‘Debating Boko Haram’.

Mr Pantami invited Muslims, especially “Ahlus Sunna” (Salafis), to be sceptical of politicians and religious leaders calling for peace and understanding but retaliate with jihad.

“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria (hādhā jihād farḍ ‘ayn ‘ala kull muslim wa-khuṣūṣan fī Nījīriyā),” he added. Mr Pantami’s comments were translated by Professor Andrea Brigaglia, an African expert at Naples University in Italy. Nigerian scholar Musa Ibrahim of the University of Florida in the United States contributed to the paper that explored the onset of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Top journal publisher academia.edu published the research in March 2019, several months before Mr Buhari tapped Mr Pantami as a minister. Mr Pantami’s violent preachings, which he rendered in Hausa and Arabic throughout the late 1990s and early to mid-2000s, had gone largely unreported in the Nigerian mainstream media.

The document detailed how Mr Pantami offered himself as a volunteer to mobilise the Hisba police of the North, requesting to be appointed as the “commander” (kwamanda) of a militia (ready to travel to Yelwa Shendam) to fight in defence of the Muslims.

The speech, which is about 20 minutes long, concluded with the prayer, “Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and to al-Qaeda (Allahumma’ nṣur Ṭālibān wa-tanẓīm alQā‘ida).”

“During his speech, Pantami is in tears, and his voice is often broken by sighs. The genuineness of his emotional response to what was, without doubt, a dramatic episode in the history of violent conflict in Plateau state is obvious,” said the report.

In a second speech, delivered in 2006, Mr Pantami offered his public condolences for the death of the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Zarqawi.

“May God have mercy on Aḥmad alFāḍil al-Khalayleh, raḥmatullāh’ alayhi. May God forgive his mistakes. He is a human being. He has certainly some mistakes in front of God, so may God forgive his mistakes. Who am I talking about? He is Abū Muṣ‘ab al-Zarqāwī.

“He was born in 1966 of the Christian era, that is forty years ago. […] After some time, he was given responsibility for a camp in Herat. It was the Commander of the Faithful (Amīr almu’minīn) Mollah Omar ‒ may God preserve him ‒ who personally gave him the authority to run this camp.”

The document noted Mr Pantami as further saying, “To this date, in the community of the Prophet we have some awesome people, people of awesome faith, who follow the creed of the Sunna and thanks to whom the enemies of God are unable to find rest in this world.

“They have killed the Shaykh, the martyr Abdallah Yusuf Azzam ‒ may God have mercy on him ‒ but did the struggle end? They went on to strike Chechnya, and they killed many of them: did it end? […] Whenever one goes, another one comes, and he is even more awesome than the first,” Mr Pantami added.

In 2012, former President Goodluck Jonathan made a veiled reference to the fact that terrorists and their sympathisers had infiltrated his government. Boko Haram and other terror groups in the country have continued to terrorise Nigerians by the wanton destruction of lives and property. Source: Peoples Gazzette

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