Minister Denies Having Link with Boko Haram

Admin 13-Apr-2021 Nigeria_News

Halima Bamali

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has denied being a close ally of the late Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf. The minister stated this in his reaction to the reports that the United States has placed him on a ‘terror watch list’ for alleged ties with Yusuf.

In defending his personality, he said he has been preaching against Boko Haram for over 15 years over its condemnable doctrines and practices.

Pantami, an Islamic cleric, was alleged to have been a mentor to the founder of the militant Islamist group, who was killed in 2009 in the North-East.

Yusuf’s death triggered a chain of violent activities, including era bombings, kidnappings and hostage-taking among others that have led to massive death and destructions in the North-East

In the last 24 hours, social media, especially Twitter, has been awash by the reports published by some news platforms.

Some of the leading platforms have however retracted the report and apologised to the Minister.

Reacting to the allegation on Twitter, Patanmi stated: “My lectures against the doctrines and all other evil people have been available for over 15 years, including debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria.

“If you can’t understand Hausa, get an objective Hausa speaker to translate for you objectively.”

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