We ignored Pantami’s issue at FEC meeting today – Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government has refused to take action on the terrorism allegations leveled against the Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.

The weekly Federal Executive Council meeting held today with Pantami in attendance.

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed said that his issue wasn’t raised for discussion in the meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Pantami has since recanted on the statements which he admitted to have made while he was much younger.

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.

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“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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