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'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by COFFINSELLER: 7:27pm On Apr 22
It’s Fake: CAN, NSCIA say of document linking Pantami to Yakowa assassination plot - PREMIUM TIMES

"Society's discomforts and disagreements should, however, not be enough reasons for us to approve the circulation of phony and injurious statements against any perceived foe,” the CAN chairman says.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) have rejected the document allegedly linking communications minister Isa Pantami to the death of former Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa, describing it as fake.

The chairman of CAN, Kaduna State Chapter, John Hayab, made the association’s stance known in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES Thursday.

Mr Hayab, who was Mr Yakowa’s former special adviser on religious affairs, said “as someone very close to the late Yakowa, I call on all Nigerians to ignore the insinuations linking Pantami with Sir Yakowa’s death, endangering national peace.

“This, I call on security agencies to step in and tame the circulation of such dangerous documents. We cannot afford to stoke fire when we should be pouring more water.”

“Sensitive documents like the ones purported to be from the JNI meeting in Bauchi should be subjected to thorough security investigation and trials, not tools for social media warfare,” Mr Hayab said.

Those circulating the document said it is the minutes of a July 2010 meeting of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) where the group, among other things, allegedly plotted to “eliminate” Mr Yakowa.

The report, which had been online since August 2010, quickly went viral when it was redistributed Wednesday. The document claimed the said meeting was chaired by embattled Mr Pantami.

Mr Yakowa died December 2012 in a helicopter crash alongside former National Security Adviser Owoye Azazi while returning from a funeral in Bayelsa State en route Port Harcourt.

But Mr Hayab said his group believed the ‘communique’ could have been doctored.

“We are aware that in this age of technological advancements, we have to take any allegations with a pinch of salt until we are confident of the authenticity of the source,” he said.

“Society’s discomforts and disagreements should, however, not be enough reasons for us to approve the circulation of phony and injurious statements against any perceived foe.”

He said CAN and Mr Yakowa’s family feared making the allegation “a media issue, instead of a legal and security issue that it ought to be, is that we stand to lose the most important point; that of bringing to justice persons accused to have wronged the law.”

He, therefore, called for caution to avert further chaos in communities with strained relationships as what is needed are mediatory interventions and peacebuilding.

He noted that after Mr Yakowa’s death, there was no inquiry to determine the cause of his death.

“We the Christian community and indeed his immediate family acknowledged the tragedy, submitting to the will of God Almighty. For that purpose, there is no point, now or later, to open up what will not bring back our leader and father but rather open up old wounds in a very controversial manner.

“Those who feel they have information to help the security agencies investigate whatever crimes against groups or individuals should do so within the provided window, without exacerbating the tension or formulating tales in the public space,” Mr Hayab said.

NSCIA reacts

Meanwhile, the deputy secretary-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Salisu Shehu, said the document was concocted as “we do not call our religious scholars clergies.”

NSCIA is the umbrella body of Muslims in Nigeria, including JNI, one of the forem

He noted that Mr Pantami was not a member of JNI, so he could not have chaired the group’s meeting.

“We don’t have Shehu Maigandu. We do not write Barkin Ladi. We don’t write Dogo Nahawa,” Mr Shehu said of the document.

“We never see Christians as dominant in the SW (South-West). The minute does not meet standard rules of meetings.

“The Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency seat is always won by Jasawa. JNI does not need to struggle on it. The last occupant, Haruna Maitala died recently.”

Earlier on Thursday, the Secretary General of the NSCIA, Ishaq Oloyede, had responded to the document by saying, “The so-called communique is fake, concocted by bigots who are desperate to pull the man (Mr Pantami) down.

“It should be disregarded because the intention of those who fabricated it is to portray Islam in bad light and cause division between Muslims and Christians in the country.

“JNI will respond on its own. But as an official of NSCIA, I am in a position to tell you that the gentleman was not in Nigeria at the time they said the meeting held. He was in the UK. So, how could he have presided over a meeting in Nigeria at the same time?

“Secondly, Pantami has never been an official of JNI. So in what capacity would he have presided over the group’s meeting? That’s not possible. If there’s someone who could have presided over any such meeting, the person could have been Salisu Shehu.

“Any discerning Muslim or Christian should know that this is a clear case of forgery. The content of the so-called communique is contrary to Islamic beliefs and teachings. An association like JNI can never hold a meeting to plan the killing of anyone or the commission of crimes.

“Islam is a religion of peace. Those circulating this falsehood are clearly committed to sparking crisis and violence in Nigeria. Government should fish them out and bring them to book.”

The JNI is yet to respond to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry on the controversial ‘communique’. It’s Secretary General, Khalid Aliyu, told this newspaper he is busy working on a statement to be circulated later.

Mr Pantami, a widely regarded Islamic cleric in Nigeria’s north, has come under attacks in the past few days after details of his past incendiary sermons became public. Video and audio recordings of sermons where he praised Islamic extremists such as Osama Bin Laden and offered to lead a Jihad have flooded Nigeria’s social and legacy media.

The minister has since apologised , saying he has amended his views and has been working hard dissuading Nigeria’s young people from embracing extremism.

But his critics are far from being pacified. Calls for his resignation or removal from office have become increasingly defeaning.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted him Wednesday night as reports circulated that he chaired a meeting where an assassination was plotted, the minister said, “Allah knows there is nothing like that. I am not a member of JNI and I have never attended a meeting of JNI in Bauchi in my life. The only JNI meeting I ever attended was in Kaduna in 2018. The Sultan personally invited me because they wanted to understand certain government policy.”

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/456912-its-fake-can-nscia-say-of-document-linking-pantami-to-yakowa-assassination-plot.html

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by COFFINSELLER: 7:30pm On Apr 22
We should stop spreading fake news please. Mynd44, Lalasticlala.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:32pm On Apr 22
When I saw the timeline, it was easy to see it for the forgery it is.

Shame on rumour mongers.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by SmartProf(m): 7:36pm On Apr 22
If that's fake, how about his terrorism ideology and teachings? Is that one also fake?

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by XXXXTENTACION: 7:36pm On Apr 22
Golan007:
When I saw the timeline, it was easy to see it for the forgery it is.

Shame on rumour mongers.
Shame on terrorists and their supporters cool

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Philipponzaghi: 7:37pm On Apr 22
I repeat again the second time, activities of the Lekki Endsars fake news always make me think twice before I believe any news of this sort.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by PaChukwudi44(m): 7:38pm On Apr 22
How exactly was it certified as forgery?

Both the Kadunna state CAN chairman and the NSCIA spokesman did not in any way prove any forgery.The fact that this document was online since 2010 without been refuted speaks volumes

The Kadunna CAN chairman seems to be more interested in not starting a fresh religious crisis in Kadunna state than the veracity of the documents

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:38pm On Apr 22
XXXXTENTACION:
Shame on terrorists and their supporters cool

Shame on terrorists and their supporters.
cool

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by ivandragon: 7:38pm On Apr 22
Proper investigations should be done.

That however doesn't exonerate the minister from other confirmed issues linking him to terrorism.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by XXXXTENTACION: 7:40pm On Apr 22
Golan007:

Shame on terrorists and their supporters. cool
Shame on fanatics and miscreants and all......... Zombies cool

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by PaChukwudi44(m): 7:41pm On Apr 22
Golan007:
When I saw the timeline, it was easy to see it for the forgery it is.

Shame on rumour mongers.
What exactly did you see that pointed to forgery?

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by FarahAideed: 7:41pm On Apr 22
El-rufais Kaduna CAN that is known to be very compromised ? cheesy

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:42pm On Apr 22
XXXXTENTACION:
Shame on fanatics and miscreants and all......... Zombies cool
Especially the idiots.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:43pm On Apr 22
PaChukwudi44:

What exactly did you see that pointed to forgery?

Can't you read old man?

He wasn't in Nigeria at the time.

Not a member of the group neither could he have chaired the occasion even if he were.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by FarahAideed: 7:43pm On Apr 22
Gola07:
When I saw the timeline, it was easy to see it for the forgery it is.

Shame on rumour mongers.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:44pm On Apr 22
FarahAideed:
El-rufais Kaduna CAN that is known to be very compromised ? cheesy

Of course, CAN must be like you.

You can't even trust your own reflection.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by XXXXTENTACION: 7:44pm On Apr 22
Golan007:

Especially the idiots.
Shame on naija politicians and their supporters cool

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:45pm On Apr 22
FarahAideed:


Even your Pant has accepted it's real and you are here saying forgery....hasn't everything in that meeting happened ....keep urging Pantami on till the exposee on Chibok girls is unveiled okay ...People's Gazette is ready

Another lie.

How's Trump doing by the way?

I thought you claimed he would be returned as president?

Carry your L and go.

grin

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:45pm On Apr 22
XXXXTENTACION:
Shame on naija politicians and their supporters cool
Shame on blockheads.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by FarahAideed: 7:46pm On Apr 22
Golan007:


Another lie.

How's Trump doing by the way?

I thought you claimed he would be returned as president?

Carry your L and go.

grin

He will be back

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by lonecatt(m): 7:46pm On Apr 22
The headline of this message is misleading .

They are not saying don't link pantami to yakowa's death, what they are saying is if you must do so then it should be out of thorough investigations which should involve the courts and relevant security agencies that will lead to a logical conclusion.

In other words don't just bring up his death issues for media sake because it will go a long way to cause more emotional problems for the family if at the end of day no tangible findings are brought out and culprits prosecuted.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by XXXXTENTACION: 7:47pm On Apr 22
Golan007:
Shame on blockheads.
Shame on online thugs cool shame on online propagandists cool

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:48pm On Apr 22
FarahAideed:


He will be back

Back?

grin

So says Q abi?

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Xdesign79: 7:51pm On Apr 22
No amount of defence can save pantami...he is a terrorist and he will go down!

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Elvictor: 7:52pm On Apr 22
CAN? with Ahmed Alulu as spokesperson, the only christian in North is the one in the grave.
bloody terrorist.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 7:53pm On Apr 22
Elvictor:
CAN? with Ahmed Alulu as spokesperson, the only christian in North is the one in the grave.
bloody terrorist.

So all northern Christians are charlatans right?

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by BlessedNuel: 7:55pm On Apr 22
Local man is just speechless on top dx matter
Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Elvictor: 7:57pm On Apr 22
Golan007:


So all northern Christians are charlatans right?


yes, you can go ahead and confirm from Gowon.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by FarahAideed: 7:58pm On Apr 22
Golan007:


Back?

grin

So says Q abi?

God has a great plan

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Golan007: 8:00pm On Apr 22
FarahAideed:


God has a great plan

Abeg give me that your supplier number.

His stuff is potent.

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by FarahAideed: 8:03pm On Apr 22
Golan007:


Abeg give me that your supplier number.

His stuff is potent.

For your information I still consider Donald J Trump as the legitimate president of America , he is only operating from Mar La Go go now

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Re: 'Document Linking Pantami To Yakowa Assassination Is Fake' - Kaduna CAN, NSCIA by Philipponzaghi: 8:04pm On Apr 22
PaChukwudi44:
How exactly was it certified as forgery?

Both the Kadunna state CAN chairman and the NSCIA spokesman did not in any way prove any forgery.The fact that this document was online since 2010 without been refuted speaks volumes

The Kadunna CAN chairman seems to be more interested in not starting a fresh religious crisis in Kadunna state than the veracity of the documents

It was refuted in 2010 too and people said it’s fake news.

So nothing new here.

However Pantami got some question to answer about those audio of his we heard, but on this document, it’s baseless because anybody can just print any document and say so so so and so sit there to create ethnic tension even if it’s 2010.

I commend CAN Kaduna for this rebuttal, at least they don’t behave like the mob who don’t question but just sheepishly believe any nonsense.

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