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Why I’m Not a Terrorist, Says Minister Isa Pantami


Dr Isa Pantami, the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has stated reasons why the world should not believe those who tagged him a terrorist and agent of Islamisation of Nigeria.

Pantami in an interview on Friday with ‘Peoples Gazette’ said how can anyone claimed he is a terrorist when his personal driver, secretary and technical assistant are all Christians faithful.

The statement is coming at the heels of an allegation about his past controversial comments on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda who were global confirmed terrorist groups. In his defence, Pantami went ahead to mention the names of Christians that are working with him.

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Pantami’s words: “My personal driver is Mai Keffi, a practising Christian. I also have a Christian, Ms Nwosu, as my secretary and Dr Femi, also a Christian, as my technical adviser.

“If I did not like Christians or I did not see them as my brothers and sisters, I would not have been working with them for so long. I employed more Christians than Muslims on my staff because I believe in merit and competence over ethnic or tribal sentiments.”

“I have never condoned terrorism and I reject any affiliation to terror groups. I have long preached peaceful coexistence amongst people of every faith and ethnicity,” the minister added.

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