Prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, says Nigeria will regret it if the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami is removed from office.
Many Nigerians and groups have been asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the minister, following the release of videos from the 2000s wherein Pantami was seen supporting Terrorists groups (Al-Qaeda and the Taliban).
The minister, however, said his past controversial comments on terrorist groups were misconstrued, adding that his position at the time was based on his understanding as a teenager.
Gumi in an interview with Roots TV on Monday, said the allegations against the minister was fake and should be dismissed.
The Islamic cleric said, “You cannot Islamise the whole world. Jesus Christ came; he could not Christianise the whole world. Nobody can Islamise or Christianise Nigeria.
“All his actions, one hundred percent, shows he is not a terrorist. Those who are terrorists are after his life. The minister should continue. His presence there is fighting the terrorist ideology.
“Show me one person he has killed. He has not killed anybody. He has not ordered the killing of anybody. Discard the fake news. The man is stabilising a government among a section of youths, which we want them to come and join in nation-building. They should not throw him away. Leave him. He is not a terrorist sympathiser.
“And you people are fighting them. No. You should get more people like Pantami and put them in power. It will stabilise. Don’t remove him. You’ll regret.”
Meanwhile, the presidency in Pantami’s defence said the Minister is “currently, subject to a ‘cancel campaign’ instigated by those who seek his removal.”