Nigerians on social media have reacted to a video posted by the nation’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari taunting the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
Aisha in an Instagram put up on Sunday shared a video exhibiting Pantami, an Islamic cleric shedding tears throughout one in every of his sermons.
“A chire tsoro a yi abinda ya dace (Be courageous to do the right thing), ” the First Lady captioned the video in Hausa.
In the video, Pantami burst into tears after his reciter learn a verse of the Holy Quran.
“That is the Garden we shall give as their own to those of Our servants who were devout,” learn the reciter from Surah Maryam, Verse 63.
In response, Pantami sobbed, “O Allah! Make me one of them. O Allah! Make me one of them!”
Reactions from social media customers have trailed the video as many said that the First Lady was merely being hypocritical.
Others said that the caption written by the First Lady is a affirmation of the allegations that Pantami had reference to terrorists.
Some queried the inherent message within the caption written by the First Lady, urging her to be extra vocal on what she needs the Minister to do.
Below are a number of the reactions from Twitter, a well-liked microblogging platform:
He is a fraud. If he wasn’t he would not be procuring fraudulent “Professorial” place for himself despite the fact that he is aware of he isn’t certified for it. He is making an attempt very onerous to look regular. A inexperienced snake below the inexperienced grass.
— Josephine Akioyamenð¨ð¦ð³ð¬ðºð¸ (@ipn_idoma) September 13, 2021
Everyone of them are terrorist they need to all burn in hell
— MeD$NA.ð«ð¦ (@oluwamedina) September 13, 2021
All assault from terrorists to Nigerians gumi is conscious of it.this man is evil, identical to Buhari curropt jihadist govt but to proscribed fulani herdsmen terrorists group identical method this murderous govt is but to arrest gumi n pantami n El rufai.These 3 individuals is aware of terrorists sponsors
— ObichukwuA (@ObichukwuA1) September 13, 2021
The North is cursed & their curse is Fulani. They are all terrorists & they celebrates terrorism. Its to indicate that Fulani thrives on terrorism & the conquered indigenous individuals cannot do nothing about it besides the JUNGLE(Nigeria) disintegrates.
— King Michael The 4th (@KingMichaelThe2) September 13, 2021
Aisha Buhari is a hypocrisy…. Unstable character. She know what she’s doing…. Buhari know Al-Qaeda Pantami is a terrorist… Buhari is a terrorist too.
— Grace Johnâ¤ (@onyiforlife) September 13, 2021
Aisha Buhari can also be a terrorist as a lot as Pantami. Buhari o, Aisha o, Pantami o; 85% of the individuals on this authorities are all terrorists with Phds.
— Dexbrown Civil (@Eni_akanda) September 13, 2021
From all indications, GMB needs Pantami to be extra important in Nigerian politics. It appears he is grooming him to be president for his ideologies of being pleased when individuals of different faiths die.
— BASIL AZUBUIKE (@BASILAZUBUIKE) September 13, 2021
Meanwhile, Facebook person, Mrz Moore famous: “Hypocrisy, the north is quiet now, they will soon reap what they sow.”
Another user, Alexander Oketa said: “Remove Pantami now pls. He’s destroying the image of our party and great country.”
Bright Aigbokhae wrote: “I’m sure the US has released sponsors. If you know, you know. Nigerians are quiet. Our country is gradually fading away.”
Alabama Yemight said: “Hahahaha our first lady, she has spoken several times in parable and action but no one answered her. She has come with a bomb again.”
Adeniyi Adedeji wrote: “Evil people everywhere! This is the same way suicide bombers behave.”
Pantami’s previous name to Jihad and unalloyed assist for murderous teams just like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda painting him as a dyed-in-the-wool Islamic fundamentalist.
Yet, Buhari appointed him as communications minister to regulate the nation’s large knowledge and phone infrastructure and different delicate particulars of nationwide intelligence. “This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria,’’ Pantami was quoted as saying in one of his vicious preaching in the 2000s.
“Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda,” he was quoted to have additionally mentioned.
In different audio clips that surfaced on-line, Pantami was additionally heard as sympathetic to Boko Haram members when delivering sermons at a number of worship centres within the 2000s.
However, Pantami claimed he had renounced his radical feedback and mentioned his views had modified over time. He mentioned he had previously 15 years been traversing the nation to evangelise in opposition to terrorism.
Despite the Minister’s declare, most Nigerians mentioned the minister must have resigned as a result of public backlash and be investigated by the authorities. Should he fail to resign, some commentators mentioned he must be sacked by the President.
But the Presidency, exhibiting assist for Pantami, dismissed the potential for sacking the controversial Minister as a result of he had allegedly apologised for his radical views.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a press release additionally berated Nigerians for being too harsh on the Pantami and different Buhari’s appointees.
“The views were absolutely unacceptable then, and would be equally unacceptable today, were he to repeat them. But he will not repeat them – for he has publicly and permanently condemned his earlier utterances as wrong,” Shehu had mentioned.