Minister Of Communication, Dr. Isa Pantami, Finally Admits To Making Controversial Comments On Terrorism ‘In Tears’, Says He Was Very Young And Started Preaching When He Was 13 Years Old, But Is Now ‘Born Again’

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has admitted making some controversial comments on al-qaeda and taliban, Page 36 learnt.

Recall, that many Nigerians had called on the Minister to resign, over the comments which were interpreted as endorsing the extremist sects.

Speaking during his daily Ramadan lecture, at Annor Mosque, in Abuja, on Saturday, the Minister renounced the controversial comments on the terrorist groups.

According to Dr. Pantami, he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past.

His words: “For 15 years, I have moved round the country, while educating people about the dangers of terrorism. I have traveled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano States, and Difa, in 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.

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

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