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Pantami Issue Not Discussed at Council Meeting – Lai Mohammed

By QUADRI SALIU

The issue of Dr Isa Pantami comments which he once made on Al-Qaeda and Taliban and the subsequent call for his resignation was not mentioned during the Federal Executive Council, FEC on Wednesday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this while briefing the State House correspondents at the end of the council meeting.

The meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari apparently saw Pantami physically absent but however attended via virtual.

Lai Mohammed said: “I’m not going to go into the issue of whether the government is comfortable or not. “I will answer your question directly. It was not discussed at the council meeting.”

Recall that Pantami has been embroiled in controversy over his unearthed comments endorsing both terrorist organizations, has, however, announced that he has renounced the views.

He said during his daily Ramadan lecture at Annor Mosque in Abuja last Saturday that he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past.

Pantami had posited that the campaign against him is politically motivated. He remarked: “For 15 years, I have moved around the country while educating people about the dangers of terrorism.

I have travelled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano states and Difa in the 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.

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“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 the international events and therefore took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.”

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