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A Pastor Bailed Boko Haram Founder, Yusuf 3 Instances: Sultan’s NSCIA

A Pastor Bailed Boko Haram Founder, Yusuf 3 Instances: Sultan’s NSCIA

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, made a stunning declare Sunday night time {that a} Christian minister thrice bailed the founding father of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, when arrested by the safety brokers.

The NSCIA, led by Sultan Saad Abubakar made the revelation whereas responding to the suggestion by the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) that the DSS probe Dr. Isa Pantami, the communications minister over his hyperlinks with terror teams.

Deputy Secretary-general of the apex Islamic group, Professor Salisu Shehu bombed CAN leaders again by making the accusation.

He didn’t determine the christian minister, however stated the incidents occurred in 2008 and 2009.

“If the NSCIA has been as prejudicious and as pathologically hateful, it could have requested Nigerian Authorities in 2008 and 2009 to arrest and examine a one time outstanding, lively and vocal Christian Minister who at three completely different situations bailed the late chief of Boko Haram when the latter was arrested by the Nigerian Safety brokers.

“In truth, it’s pertinent right here to ask the CAN Nationwide President that between Honourable Minister Pantami who engaged the chief of Boko Haram in debates towards his fallacious and misguided ideologies and that Christian Minister who bailed Muhammad Yusuf 3 times who’s it the nation ought to rightly accuse of being a good friend, supporter or member of the extremist group -Boko Haram?”

However what was of public report was that when Yusuf was arrested in July 2009, following a Boko Haram rebellion, no Christian chief got here out to bail him.

After Yusuf’s arrest, carried out by the Nigerian Military, he was handed over to the police in Maiduguri.

The police killed him in custody, claiming he was attempting to flee.

The killing set the stage for the full-scale insurgency of Boko Haram, with church buildings among the many prime targets of the group.

Shehu robustly defended Pantami, towards the accusations towards him.

He stated NSCIA was shocked by the barrages and deluge of lies, fabrications and smear campaigns being churned out towards Pantami.

NSCIA stated it has an unshakeable conviction that Patanmi is “a person of impeccable character, a real Islamic scholar, a accountable and proper honourable public servant and an individual globally acknowledged as a person of peace and integrity”.

It stated Pantami would survive the smear campaigns of calumny and would come out clear and stronger when the storms of depraved lies wither away, as they positively would.

‘It could not take greater than a layman’s intelligence to discern the lies contained in these tales and press releases. Moreover the truth that they’re absolutely handiwork of premeditated and properly calculated plots of witch-hunt , they’re as properly clearly an outburst of hate, mischief and desperation all on the similar time.

“Because it had been, the NSCIA doesn’t usually contain itself in addressing points that have an effect on particular person individuals, particularly these holding political places of work whether or not Muslims or Christians.

“The NSCIA focusses on addressing points fairly than personalities. It has, nevertheless, been compelled to wade into this matter due to the damaging dimensions it has taken.

“First, these whose stock-in-trade is hate and prejudice towards Islam have discovered causes albeit unfounded ones, to disparage him, pull him down and his faith as a Muslim scholar with all types of terrible and dreadful publications.

“Equally individuals that don’t imply properly for this nation have additionally used the scenario as a launch pad for fanning the embers of discord and inflicting disaffection to impress nation-wide violence and hostilities. In conditions like this it turns into crucial to make rightful, simply and honourable interventions.

“The Hon. Minister has been main Friday Prayers, conducting Tafsir, examine circles, preaching periods, delivering lectures for greater than 20 years. He has additionally excelled in his area of pc science/ICT. NITDA was beneficial for scrapping. His coming as its DG made it a vibrant company the impression of which is felt everywhere in the nation.

“His appointment as Minister of Communication has introduced transformation and vigorous and unprecedented pursuit of mandate of the Ministry. His effort to place the telecom trade on the trail of world greatest practices is appreciated by all patriotic Nigerians.

“His stance on deviant and violent teams are their stance on him are well-known. Then out of the blue the mainstream and social media turned loaded with all types of trash thrown on the Minister. At this time they are saying he was a supporter of Taliban. Tomorrow they are saying he plotted the killing of Yakowa. One other day they are saying he’s on watch-list.

“The NSCIA because the apex physique of Islamic affairs is in a superb place to know Ulama and organizations that harbour deviant ideologies in addition to average and nominal Muslims. The statements and actions of the Hon. Minister communicate for themselves.

“The Honourable Minister Pantami stays one of many important vocal forces towards terrorism and terrorists actions within the nation. He was among the many pioneer Islamic Students who publicly and overtly condemned the actions and antics of Boko Haram Teams.

“Pantami’s debates particularly with the chief of Boko Haram, Muhammad Yusuf, regardless of doable repercussions, unequivocally, proved him to be a frontline and audacious Nigerian scholar towards terrorism.

“His latest interventions towards terrorists particularly the usage of web, digital expertise instruments and cell communication equipment stirs him towards the current management of Boko Haram.

“The terrorist video clips towards Dr. Pantami warning that they might eradicate him are extensively circulated by the Nigerian press. Little doubt, the current travails of the Minister proved the truth that terrorism is combating again at those that battle it with Dr. Pantami as a transparent instance.

“With all these very clear achievements on contributing to the event of Nigeria and certainly to nation-building and peace-making, it turns into actually appalling that the Nationwide President of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria would be a part of the ignoble band-wagon of the architects of mischief who peddle lies and fabrications towards the Honourable Minister.

“Forgetting the cordial relationship and mutual understanding and belief that exist between Christian and Muslim leaders within the Nigerian Inter-Non secular Council (NIREC) and the painstaking efforts we’re making to engender peaceable and harmonious co-existence amongst our followers, the President of CAN, clearly pushed by prejudice, jumped into the frontline of the unreasonable ones, asking the DSS to go after Pantami.

“The Nationwide President of CAN must be reminded that the NSCIA has at all times exercised restraints on points involving particular person political workplace holders besides when it turns into finally crucial like within the current case”.

“At this level, the NSCIA needs to commend the braveness, brevity, rightful intervention and patriotism of the Kaduna State Department of CAN for standing up for reality and saying it as it’s via their assertion which unequivocally distanced Dr. Pantami from the mischievous allegations peddled by purveyors of hatred with vilifying vituperation of venom as information inflicting confusion within the land. It definitely takes brevity to say the reality and stand by it and on its aspect. This exhibits that the CAN President didn’t seek the advice of extensively and it additionally exhibits that there are well-meaning Nigerians throughout all of the divides.

“The NSCIA calls on Muslims and different well-meaning Nigerians to shun these attempting to make use of any slightest alternative to create disaffection amongst Nigerians”.

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