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Document shows how Pantami plotted to “violently wipe away Christians” from Northern Nigeria

The Muslim leaders also complained about Christians in Plateau and Kaduna and disclosed their plans to cause mayhem by enlisting Muslims in the security agencies as allies.

• April 21, 2021
Isa-Ali-Pantami
Minister of communications and digital economy Isa Pantami

President Muhammadu Buhari’s communications minister Isa Pantami plotted with some Muslim leaders to violently wipe away Christians from northern parts of Nigeria. 

Mr Pantami chaired a July 13, 2010, meeting of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), a foremost Isla mic body led by Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar, where it was agreed that Christians should be prohibited from building churches in the city centre across the North and only build churches around designated corners away from the cities. 

They also agreed that evangelism should be prohibited and any attempt by Christians to resist the measures should be met with violence. 

“They should know that we have more control of the masses and the youth,” Mr Pantami and other Muslim leaders said during the meeting held at Bauchi Central Mosque. “Any attempt by the Christians to disobey or revolt against the decision shall mean fighting against the religion of Allah which the followers of Allah shall not watch but we shall violently wipe away the Christians in these states.” 

The Muslim leaders also complained about Christians in Plateau and Kaduna and disclosed their plans to cause mayhem by enlisting Muslims in the security agencies as allies. 

“The Muslim Ummah in Jos have solemnly resolved to fight the governor, his government and the entire Christians in any way possible. They shall never support this government and they will destroy any development that shall come to Plateau, even the existing ones.

“Again, they are ready for Jihad in the state as we have presently secured the needed arms. Over 3,000 foreign arms have now entered Jos and we will not vote during the governorship election,” the communique seen by Peoples Gazette said. 


Mr Pantami and his colleagues also concluded that they “shall use our men who are in the military to help us bring arms and ammunition into Kaduna.”

The Gazette reached Mr Pantami for comments but received no reply from the minister on Wednesday night.

Download the full document of the meeting chaired by Mr Pantami here. 

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