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I Was Young When I Made Some Of The Comments,Pantami Admits Controversial Comments On Al Qaeda,Taliban

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Dr Ali Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, has admitted making controversial comments on Al Qaeda and Taliban.

BlazeNewz reports that many Nigerians had called on the minister to resign over the comments which were interpreted as endorsing extremist sects.

Speaking during his daily Ramadan lecture at Annor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday, the minister renounced the controversial comments on the terrorist groups.

According to Isa Pantami, he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past.

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“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,” Pantami said.

“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.

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“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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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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