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Politics / We Are All Happy Whenever Unbelievers Are Being Killed: Minister Pantami by throwaway: 11:21am On Apr 14, 2021
Isa Aliyu Pantami, President Muhammadu Buhari’s communications minister, once declared that he was always a happy man towards the massacre of those he considered infidels.

“We are all happy whenever unbelievers are being killed,” Mr Pantami said. “But the Sharia does not allow us to kill them without a reason.”

“Our zeal (hamasa) should not take precedence over our obedience to the sacred law,” he added.

Mr Pantami’s comments were contained in three audio recordings of his teachings in the 2000s, when he took extreme positions in support of the brutal exploits of Al Qaeda and Taliban elements who were on a campaign to obliterate the West and conquer other parts of the world.

He made the remarks while responding to audience questions about his views on Osama Bin Laden during a lecture about the Taliban. Mr Pantami said of Mr Bin Laden, the late Al Qaeda leader responsible for bringing down the World Trade Centre in an attack that claimed over 3,000 lives in 2001: “I still consider him as a better Muslim than myself.”

Mr Pantami’s comments were translated by Professor Andrea Brigaglia, an African expert at Naples University in Italy. Nigerian scholar Musa Ibrahim of 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.

Mr Pantami did not return a request seeking comments from Peoples Gazette about whether or not he has eschewed his violent Salafist views.



How many people have been radicalised by Mr Pantami remained unclear. Messrs Brigaglia and Ibahim said Mr Pantami’s views were rare amongst Islamic preachers across Africa at the time they were made, even though they were common amongst Nigerian Muslims at the time.

“It was ordinary for Nigeria’s mainstream Salafis to endorse Al-Qaeda publicly in their speeches and lectures,” the scholars said. “In this respect, Nigeria was probably a unique case in the Muslim world.”

Mr Pantami, 48, was widely known as a hate preacher across universities and other public institutions in northern parts of Nigeria before Mr Buhari brought him into mainstream Nigerian politics by appointing him as the head of the public information technology department NITDA in 2016.

Mr Buhari further elevated Mr Pantami following his reelection as president in 2019, tapping him to lead the communications and digital economy ministry of the federal government. Mr Pantami has been accused of using his position to further his agenda as a fundamentalist.

His decision to shut down the registration of new telephone lines in Nigeria has been perhaps his most controversial policy pronouncement to date. The move has blocked millions of Nigerians from being able to register new lines on the purported grounds that everyone has to obtain a government-issued national identity number.

Mr Pantami’s vicious comments surfaced following reports that he was placed travel restrictions by the United States for purported ties to Boko Haram. The minister quickly moved to debunk the salacious and grossly uncorroborated claim first published by Daily Independent, a Lagos-based daily.

While debunking the report, however, Mr Pantami took to Twitter to claim he has always preached against Boko Haram. He also retweeted several handles that described him as a peaceful Islamic scholar, an attempt at image laundering that has now been punctured by Italian and African scholars.

“It is unbelievable that President Buhari will appoint a man like Isa Pantami to be a minister in a secular country like Nigeria,” political analyst Mohammed Tukura told The Gazette. “A president that believes in national cohesion will not appoint a fundamentalist who shares the same views as leaders of Boko Haram and Taliban.”



Mr Tukura said Mr Pantami’s nomination should have been rejected on the basis of his appearance in the WikiLeaks file in which he said to have been dismissed from Ahmadu Bello University for constantly espousing dangerous views.

“We saw on the Internet that the U.S. government accused him of making dangerous comments for which he was expelled from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University,” Mr Tukura said. “His appointment as a minister has now further exposed Buhari’s sectional and divisive way of life.”

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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:32am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:24am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:16am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:15am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:15am On Feb 27, 2021
Amnesty was granted to the southern militants, a southern president emerged and then boko haram came up.... they are even worse, killing innocent citizens. if by any chance these people are granted amnesty then trust me another group will come up somewhere else.... its so sad when i see prominent nigerians with while experience in politics say amnesty should be the case... these people should be tagged international terrorist which would yield aid from un and then more support before this gets out of hand. Just what i opine.
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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:15am On Feb 27, 2021
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Roofingpro:
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Education / Re: LAUTECH Reacts After A Sex Tape Of 'one Of Its Lecturers' Leaks Online by throwaway: 7:12am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: Cults/gangs: Their Code Name And Orientation. Beware! by throwaway: 7:07am On Feb 27, 2021
Princedaniel:


Shun cultism young man.
Travel / Re: Apapa Gridlock: LASG, NPA, Police, TTP Adopt E-Call Up System For Trucks by throwaway: 7:04am On Feb 27, 2021
Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 7:03am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:35am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:35am On Feb 27, 2021
OyinO:

haaaahaaaahaa!!! Lunatic Troublemaker.
Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:35am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: Watch The Moment Nigerian Troops Launched Multiple Rockets On #bokoharam Camps by throwaway: 5:34am On Feb 27, 2021
Profadvocate:
No more convidence on our Army

This is just a film trick to deceive us again
Nothing is happening

The insecurity here in naija nah die
We dont have leaders

They are all there to enriched themselves and their future
No good leader is coming out from naija for now

The beautiful one is not yet born

All are ole thieves

DONT BE DECEIVE
Profadvocate:
No more convidence on our Army

This is just a film trick to deceive us again
Nothing is happening

The insecurity here in naija nah die
We dont have leaders

They are all there to enriched themselves and their future
No good leader is coming out from naija for now

The beautiful one is not yet born

All are ole thieves

DONT BE DECEIVE
Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:33am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: Watch The Moment Nigerian Troops Launched Multiple Rockets On #bokoharam Camps by throwaway: 5:31am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:27am On Feb 27, 2021
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Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:26am On Feb 27, 2021
gypsey:

Thank you! cheesy
Crime / Re: How U.S. Will Recover $10.7 Million Restitution From Obinwanne Okeke by throwaway: 5:26am On Feb 27, 2021
adesegun121:
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OyinO:

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Heterodox:
it's what I do
tit:
Obinwanne should be declared a national hero.
Deporting is like Britain deporting lord Lugard when he brought all the treasure of Benin and Ife to london
Foreign Affairs / Re: The Innocence Of Muslims: The Film That Sparked Riots In Libya by throwaway: 5:24am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Nairaland Says No To Secessionists by throwaway: 5:19am On Feb 27, 2021
Ishilove:

What is this thing and why is it quoting me? embarassed
Politics / Re: Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands by throwaway: 5:19am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader Speaks To BBC Hausa, Enjoys Killing People. by throwaway: 5:18am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands by throwaway: 5:17am On Feb 27, 2021
olisaEze:
What is dis fellow talking about?

GEJ built almajiri schools for you people, while the ministry of education structured the classes in such a way that it wouldn’t affect ur nomadic animal husbandry.

If this guy were a Nigerian before 2015, he’d have known this fact.

God no go shame us, but both you & your enablers will soon meet your Waterloo! angry
Politics / Re: Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands by throwaway: 5:17am On Feb 27, 2021
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Politics / Re: Nairaland Says No To Secessionists by throwaway: 5:14am On Feb 27, 2021
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You and who be we the south south. Mumu
Crime / Re: Kano Police Conclude Investigations, Says Hisbah Commander Not Guilty by throwaway: 5:14am On Feb 27, 2021
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Broken2020:
Which kind animals we dey live with for Nigeria? God this is not good for us southerners
Politics / Re: Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands by throwaway: 5:11am On Feb 27, 2021
Ipisi:
Okay

Jesus Christ of Nazareth.... What did I just read right now... Wait first lemme go back to sleep maybe I'm still dreaming because this is actually 4:35 am this useless mosquitoes just dragged me into reading this rubbish.

I will come back to say what's actually on my mind by 8:00 am when i'm sure I'm awake and its no longer a dream.


Gosh!!

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