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Buhari’s Wedding: Three Months Later, FFK Says Pantami Is His Friend



The traditional metropolis of Kano is effervescent in the meanwhile with politicians, authorities officers, and cronies of the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as his son, Yusuf, marries Zahra, daughter of the Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.

As anticipated at such a society wedding ceremony, the show of uncooked opulence and the presence of prime members of the ruling All Progressives Congress together with governors dominate the spectacle.

Nonetheless, what many could by no means have anticipated was the conspicuous presence of a controversial member of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, Femi Fani-Kayode, who hobnobbed with Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Pantami, whom he as soon as described with unprintable names.

In photographs shared on his Fb web page on Thursday, Fani-Kayode disclosed that he flew into Kano yesterday, a day earlier than the marriage ceremony.

Fani-Kayode, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation from November 2006 to Could 2007, additionally grinned sheepishly as he posed in photographs with APC members, governors and ministers together with Pantami, whom he abruptly described as his “pal and brother”.

“Flew into Kano with my associates and brothers Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Governor Babagana Umar Zulum of Borno State, Senator Sani Ahmed Yarima, Senator Ali Ndume, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, Hon. Minister Isa Pantami, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and others for the marriage ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf Buhari, to HRH Nasiru Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi’s daughter, Zahra Ado Bayero.

“The flight was nice and we thank God for journey mercies. Kano is an enormous, pulsating metropolis which is steeped in custom and historical past.

“It’s a pleasure and a pleasure to be right here. Will preserve you posted,” FFK wrote on Fb.
The ex-minister’s fond appellation was a pointy distinction to what he had labelled Pantami in a bit in April. Fani-Kayode had lampooned Pantami, a member of the presidential cupboard from Gombe State, for his extremist Salafist views and sympathy for the Taliban, at present on the rampage in faraway Asia, exactly in Afghanistan. “Merely put, Pantami is a homicidal, sociopathic and psychotic particular person…Who’s a hater of Christians and non-Muslims. He’s a non secular bigot, an ethnic supremacist, an unrepentant jihadist, a lover of bloodshed, carnage and terror and a psychopathic and clearly insane particular person who could properly have been accountable for the slaughter of many harmless Christians over time as a consequence of his inflammatory rhetoric and reckless actions, ” Fani-Kayode had said within the piece he authored in April when Pantami got here underneath fireplace over his previous controversial feedback supporting Sunni Islamic terrorist group referred to as the Taliban.

A former lecturer on the Kaduna State College, Kaduna, Prof Samuel Achi, had informed The PUNCH that Pantami was the Chief Imam on the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College mosque in Bauchi State in 2004 when the Muslim neighborhood issued a fatwa on his son, Sunday.

In line with the don, his son, a Christian fellowship chief on campus, was later killed in the midst of the evening contained in the ATBU mosque over allegations that he circulated a tract that contained blasphemous content material.

In one in every of his sermons within the 2000s, Pantami had reportedly prayed, saying, “This jihad is an obligation for each single believer, particularly in Nigeria… Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and to al-Qaeda.”

The minister later recanted in April, saying he now is aware of higher.