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General News of Sunday, 2 May 2021


You speak nothing but absolute nonsense - Fani-Kayode slams Sheikh Gumi

Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed Islamic cleric Sheikh Gumi over his comment that says Nigerians will regret removing Isa Pantami as the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

Shiekh's comment comes after many alleged Isa Pantami's comment he made a long time ago supports extremism.

Pantami has been under fire of late over past pro-Taliban comments supporting the activities of terrorist groups, including Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

The minister in an audio clip that resurfaced recently, said he was always happy when infidels – non-Muslims – were massacred.

Although he renounced the comments, blaming it on immaturity, many Nigerians call on president Buhari to dismiss Pantami or order for his resignation.

Defending the minister, Gumi claimed the nation would regret it if he is removed from office.

"Nigeria Needs More Pantami's In Power, You’ll Regret It If He Leaves, Gumi Warns."

According to the cleric, the allegations against Pantami are unfounded and should be discarded.

"You cannot Islamise the whole world. Jesus Christ came; he could not Christianise the whole world. Nobody can Islamise or Christianise Nigeria," Gumi said.

Responding in a recent interview online, the former aviation minister, Fani-Kayode stated that Gumi speaks absolute nonsense.

"His father, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, was the man that said that Nigeria would never have a Christian President during his lifetime, he died a few years later and a Christian became Head of State, that was a prophetic thing. The man died and a Christian took over the country. Now I can see that the son has taken his father's mantle and he's speaking nothing but absolute nonsense.

"He speaks for a large segment of people in the core north who are misguided and don't know any better and I think this is the sort of thing that upsets many of us. Nobody can tell me that it's right and proper for him to say that if Pantami is removed, we will regret it. I mean, who the hell does he think he is. Who do they think they are? We all own this country, and let me put this to him right here on this programme."

Fani was of the opinion that something needed to be done about people like Pantami and others, or else the government would regret it, especially now as they're trying to fulanize and Islamize the nation through jihad.

He said, "If you want Nigeria to remain together, they better learn to keep their mouths shut and stop insulting southerners, middle belters, Christians, stop provoking us, stop killing us and telling us that you own this country and every one of us. We cant be slaves; I will never be a slave to anybody; what I mean by that is if you don't stop, then you'll see another dimension of this struggle.

"We are calling for the restructuring of this country; most of our youths are calling for restructuring."

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