By Ayo Dada
A gubernatorial aspirant in the upcoming 2023 general elections is in hot water for celebrating The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Muaz Magaji, a former commissioner in Kano state, was called out by Journalist, Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu on Twitter over his statement.
Aliyu tweeted; “Here is a screenshot of a Facebook post from a politician aspiring to be an APC gubernatorial candidate in 2023, celebrating Taliban take over in Afghanistan. Save this before he starts blaming youthful exuberance for supporting extremists as if he is less than 50 years old today.”
“When I said some politicians are supporting extremists because they are only thinking of how to win the next election, these kinds of politicians were on my mind. They join radicals in manipulating the minds of people by showing them as if extremism is solution to their woes.”
This brings to mind Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, and also a renowned Muslim cleric, expressed views sympathetic to groups such as al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.
Excerpts from Nduka Orjinmo’s report – November 26, 2018
BBC News, Abuja
In one sermon from the 2000s he said he considered al-Qaeda founder, Osama Bin Laden, a better Muslim than himself, and in another, he said he was happy when infidels were massacred.
Around April 21st or thereabout, documents emerged which are purportedly from a 2010 meeting he chaired at the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), a top Islamic body, where it was agreed that Christians should be prohibited from building churches in city centres across northern Nigeria, which has a majority Muslim population although millions of Christians also live there.
Audio and video recordings have also emerged of Mr Pantami’s fiery prayers and sermons at different stages of his career as an imam. In one sermon after there had been a deadly religious conflict and tensions were still high in Shendam, Plateau state, he volunteered to lead Muslims back to their homes, saying that he was willing to die in the process.
In a 2006 speech, Mr Pantami publicly offered his condolences after the death of al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
In one audio clip, where he talks about the Nigerian army’s war against Boko Haram, he appears to be on the verge of tears as he passionately describes the militants as “our Muslim brothers” who did not deserve to be “killed like pigs”.
By Nduka Orjinmo
The truth is that, many northern politicians and political office holders share these religious and ideological beliefs, mostly because of their extremist Islamic fundamental beliefs. This is one of the major reasons Boko Haram have been and being treated with kid’s gloves by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In November 26, 2018, The Gaudian Newspaper published a report on how president Buhari stopped the mercenaries hired by the then president, Jonathan to help root out the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist organization. –
Below are excerpts of the report by
Abisola Olasupo – April 23, 2021 The Gaudian
How Buhari stopped us from fighting Boko Haram- South African mercenary
The founder of Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection,(STTEP), Eeben Barlow, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari stopped them from carrying on fighting Boko-Haram terrorists in Nigeria in 2015.
In a Facebook post, Barlow said their proposal was antagonised and politicised by Buhari and his team “even before they assumed office.”
“The initial 3-phase campaign strategy (known as ‘Operational Anvil’) to degrade and destroy BH in Borno State, was rejected by his advisors,” Barlow added.
Barlow, further, stated that the company was willing to stay back in the north east but the President “made it known that the company’s presence would not be tolerated under his office.”
In 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his bid to put an end to the insurgency turned to STTEP, a South African private military contractor, to provide training in new weapons and tactics to the Nigerian Army.
But the organization withdrew from the battle in March 2015 following the emergence of Buhari in February of the same year.
The organization’s leader also said that prior to, and following their departure from Nigeria, they issued “numerous intelligence warnings” to the president but all was to no avail.
“These warnings covered the implications of not allowing the 72 MSF to annihilate BH in Bornu province; the plans by Boko Haram to re-arm and escalate their activities; the implications of regional spill-over, the impact on the armed forces; and so forth,” Barlow said.
It is safe to say, with the situation of the unending terrorism by Boko Haram and the so-called bandits going on up north, which they are trying to export to the southern part of Nigeria, and with the frivolity and flippancy with which the federal government of Nigeria under President Buhari is handling these dastardly acts, that Nigeria is not only being ‘ruled’ by jihadists, but also by extremist Muslim fundamentalists. No one is a thief until caught red-handed, stealing. (Eni ti a ba mu ni ole).
All the Bunkum about someone changing the political, and, or religious beliefs are not as easy as it sounds or as they say. Psychological research suggests that once our minds are made up on important matters, changing them can be as difficult as stopping a train hurtling at full speed, even when there’s danger straight ahead.
Beliefs are not always based on facts, and still, they are the hardest thing to change in a person. The thought- that become our belief- is repeated so often, it creates a specific “groove,” or pathway, in the brain. … To call ourselves truly “free” – we need to be able to change the thinking patterns.
Actions, they say, speak louder than words. If the actions of President Buhari’s administration is anything to go by, refusing to sack Isa Pantami, who holds an extremely sensitive position in his government in being the Federal Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria, the way Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu are being hounded, harrassed and jailed, while the so-called bandits transact their illicit and deadly businesses with northern politicians, with Gumi as their chief negotiator, and recently giving “surrendered” Boko Haram terrorists amnesty, prove to millions of Nigerians that the mindset of many northern politicians have not changed and will probably never change.
Nigeria cannot allow fire on her roof while she sleeps.
There is no other way out than a REFERENDUM, or in the minimum, a genuine RESTRUCTURING of the country, or let EACH REGION GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS!
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