Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has kicked against calls for the sacking or removal of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.
Pantami has been under pressure to step down from office over some comments he allegedly made several years ago in support of Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Boko Haram.
Speaking in an interview with Roots TV, Sheikh Gumi said the allegations against the embattled Minister were not true and should be discarded.
Gumi said there is no evidence that Pantami’s terrorist views ever killed anyone, adding that he should be left alone to continue his good work in government.
The cleric warned that Nigerians will regret it Pantami is removed from office because they country need him to stabilize the country.
“You cannot Islamise the whole world. Jesus Christ came; he could not Christianise the whole world. Nobody can Islamise or Christianise Nigeria,” Gumi said.
“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,” the cleric warned.