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We Did Not Discuss Pantami’s Issue At FEC- Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has refused to react over the terrorist allegation levelled against the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.

Pantami was present at the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and Lai spoke with journalist about what transpired at the meeting.

According to Lai, Patami’s issue was not raised by the council at the meeting when he was aked about the issue.

Lai responded:  “I’m not going into the issue of whether government is comfortable or not. I will answer your questioned directly. It was not discussed at the council meeting.”

Pantami backtracked at some comments he made when he was younger and his views were not that matured.

He said: “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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