Isa Aliyu Pantami, President Muhammadu Buhari’s communications minister, as soon as declared that he was at all times a contented man listening to of the bloodbath of these he thought of infidels.
“We’re all pleased every time unbelievers are being killed,” Pantami mentioned. “However the Sharia doesn’t permit us to kill them with out purpose.”
“Our zeal (hamasa) shouldn’t take priority over our obedience to the sacred legislation,” he added.
Pantami’s feedback had been contained in three audio recordings of his teachings within the 2000s when he took excessive positions in help of the brutal exploits of Al Qaeda and Taliban parts who had been on a marketing campaign to obliterate the West and conquer different elements of the world.
He made the remarks whereas responding to viewers questions on his views on Osama Bin Laden throughout a lecture concerning the Taliban. Pantami mentioned of Mr Bin Laden, the late Al Qaeda chief chargeable for bringing down the World Commerce Centre in an assault that claimed over 3,000 lives in 2001: “I nonetheless take into account him as a greater Muslim than myself.”
Pantami’s feedback had been translated by Professor Andrea Brigaglia, an African professional at Naples College in Italy. Nigerian scholar, Musa Ibrahim of the College of Florida in the US, contributed to the paper that explored the onset of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Prime journal writer academia.edu revealed the analysis in March 2019, a number of months earlier than Buhari tapped Pantami as a minister. Pantami’s violent preachings, which he rendered in Hausa and Arabic all through the late Nineties and early to mid-2000s, had gone largely unreported within the Nigerian mainstream media.
Whereas debunking the report, nevertheless, Pantami took to Twitter to assert he has at all times preached in opposition to Boko Haram. He additionally retweeted a number of handles that described him as a peaceable Islamic scholar, an try at picture laundering that Italian and African students have now punctured.
“It’s unbelievable that President Buhari will appoint a person like Isa Pantami to be a minister in a secular nation like Nigeria,” political analyst Mohammed Tukura advised The Gazette. “A president that believes in nationwide cohesion won’t appoint a fundamentalist who shares the identical views as leaders of Boko Haram and Taliban.”
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