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CAN warns against linking Pantami, Muslims with Yakowa’s death


Rev. John Hayab Photo: Global Peace Foundation

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has warned against linking the death of former Kaduna governor, Patrick Yakowa, with the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami, or the Muslim community.

Sounding the warning yesterday, the chairman, Rev. John Hayab, stated that the country shouldn’t be thrown into chaos in the rush to implicate one man.

There had been some documents in circulation linking the embattled minister and some Muslims with the death of Yakowa.


Hayab, who also served as Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to Yakowa, said that such allegation against Pantami without clear evidence would have adverse impact on peace and national security.

He warned that society’s discomfort and disagreement should, however, not be enough reason for people to approve the circulation of “phony and injurious statements against any perceived foe,” adding that the communiqué in circulation indicting Pantami and Muslims could be doctored.

Those with an axe to grind with Pantami should do so within their limits, and should not plunge the nation into chaos, he warned.

Hayab added that the documents indicting Pantami and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) should be subjected to thorough security investigation, not tools for social media warfare.

“I have followed the unfolding saga and grievous revelations against the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami. However, I am alarmed by the dangerous turn of events, especially the issue linked with the release of some documents with doubtful authenticity linking the Pantami and the Muslim community with the death of Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.

“The church and Yakowa’s family consider the allegation very serious with a possible adverse impact on peace and national security. Consequently, they express strong reservations and concerns about statements like the ones associated in the past with Pantami as circulated in audios and videos released on social media,” he said.


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