Isa Pantami Reacts To Newswire’s Retraction Of News Linking Him To Terrorism

A story went viral this morning and in it some people claimed that the minister of communication, Dr Isa Ali Pantami had been placed on a terrorist watchlist by the US. See previous thread here:

To justify their claims some people posted an old video of Sheikh Pantami with Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram. However, the video did not say what they claimed it said. I have posted the video on Nairaland years ago and I know its background.

Mohammed Yusuf had his own teachings about Islam which he was propagating. Sheikh Pantami is an Islamic scholar and he believed that Mohammed Yusuf’s teachings were wrong so he challenged him to a debate. The video that was being circulated was a video of that debate.

News Wire, an online medium that published the story this morning, has now published a retraction and Dr Pantami has reacted to their tweet.

NewsWireNGR @NewsWireNGR

RETRACTION: Publication of Daily Independent Story alleging Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Sheikh Isa Pantami placed on Terror watch-list for alleged ties with Boko Haram Leader

Isa Ali Pantami, PhD @DrIsaPantami

1) @NewsWireNGR your RETRACTION through your independent investigation,has been noted. However, investigative journalism requires the investigation before publishing, not after. Further, major publishers will meet my lawyers in the court on this defamation of character.

2) 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.

3) On the issue of NIN-SIM Verification to fight insecurity, there is no going back. Our priority as GOVERNMENT based on the provision of our constitution 1999 (as amended) Section 14(2)b is SECURITY, not just economy. For sure, no going back at all. Let’s the sponsors continue

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