You’ll Regret It If Pantami Is Removed, Gumi Warns Nigerians

Prominent Kaduna based Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has said that the nation will regret if President Muhammadu Buhari sack his minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, Newspremises reports.

Recall that many Nigerians and groups have been calling on the President to fire Pantami after videos from the 2000s resurfaced wherein the minister was seen supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

The Minister however, recounted his views on the terror group, noting that his views as at that time was based on his understanding as a teenager.

Manwhile, Gumi when granted an interview by Roots TV on Monday said the allegations against the minister are unfounded and should be discarded.

“You cannot Islamise the whole world. Jesus Christ came; he could not Christianise the whole world. Nobody can Islamise or Christianise Nigeria,” Gumi said.

“All his actions, one hundred percent, shows he is not a terrorist. Those who are terrorists are after his life. The minister should continue. His presence there is fighting the terrorist ideology.

“Show me one person he has killed. He has not killed anybody. He has not ordered the killing of anybody. Discard the fake news. The man is stabilising a government among a section of youths, which we want them to come and join in nation-building. They should not throw him away. Leave him. He is not a terrorist sympathiser.

“And you people are fighting them. No. You should get more people like Pantami and put them in power. It will stabilise. Don’t remove him. You’ll regret.”

However, the presidency had defended saying the alleging that information and communications technology (ICT) companies are the ones behind calls for the minister’s removal.

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