Femi Fani-Kayode has joined his voice to the growing voices reacting to the negative comment allegedly made by Dr Isa Pantami.
“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.
Dr 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. Dr 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.”
Reacting to this heavy allegation, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, said if the allegation it is true “then he is nothing but a cold-blooded killer & terrorist who deserves to face the full wrath of the law. If he didn’t may God judge those that have falsely accused him. Until I see the evidence I refuse to believe he said it.“
Read the series of tweets below:
“I refuse to believe that he said this. If he did then he is nothing but a cold-blooded killer & terrorist who deserves to face the full wrath of the law. If he didn’t may God judge those that have falsely accused him. Until I see the evidence I refuse to believe he said it.”
“Show me the evidence and I will take it up from there. Whichever way, the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church.”
I refuse to believe that he said this. If he did then he is nothing but a cold-blooded killer & terrorist who deserves to face the full wrath of the law. If he didn't may God judge those that have falsely accused him. Until I see the evidence I refuse to believe he said it. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/5PgTnlfwwN
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) April 15, 2021
Meanwhile the allegation has triggered a hashtag campaign against the Communication Minister on Twitter. Nigerians have started calling on Isa Pantami to resign honorably. Read some comments below:
“Pantami is such a special son to Buhari, he was given the lee-way to change the Ministry of Communications to Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) on the 17th of October, 2019. I really want to see how the #PantamiResign turns out.”
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“If Osama bin Laden was a Nigerian
he will be a minister in this Apc Government.
“He said ” I consider Osama Bin Laden a better muslim than myself”.
And you wonder if he won’t make a US watch list?
“This Pantami issue is far more serious than we treat it to be. I had this nightmare last night where Boko Haram had the data and location details of every single Nigerian, including the president. Pantami has to resign and answer the law. We’re in danger!! #PantamiResign”
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“Whether Nigeria is a serious country or not, we are calling for the resignation of Pantami immediately. Please all of us need to make this trend and put pressure on the government to achieve this. #PantamiResign”
“To intimidate Supreme Court judges and subjugate the judiciary, Buhari used DSS to break into the homes of 6 judges across six states simultaneously at midnight; if Buhari was against Pantami’s beliefs and utterances, nobody needs to tell him what to do. #PantamiResign”
“Arewa jingoists swore Ijaw man won’t enjoy his presidency. Isa Pandemic was “the crying sheikh,” back then. Pantami said & I quote; “Ebele is depopulating the North.”
They spared nothing against Goodluck Jonathan & NOI. Kemi Adeosun is one of their victims as well #PantamiResign”
“Fact that a lot of moderates are quiet or defending Pantami after initially claiming Islamophobia may just prove the point that some terrorists enjoy protection from moderates. It’s been shameful to watch. Everybody must now demand his resignation #PantamiResign”