Pantami: Does Repentance Absolves People Of Their Crimes? – WITTY THOUGHT WITH KEN HENSHAW

In Breaking News, Civic Space, Opinion, Politics

This is a column by Ken Henshaw, Executive Director of We The People. WITTY THOUGHT is a brisk review of situations in Nigeria with intent to revive social consciousness.

The Presidency says Isa Pantami has repented of his jihadist utterances supporting Bin Laden, the Taliban, Boko Haram and the mass murder of people.

It is on record that some of his jihadist preaching led to a religious riot in a university campus which resulted in the killing of a student.

But the Presidency says he has repented of those views and should keep his office as Minister.

So let’s be clear, if an armed robber or murderer in Prison repents of his crimes and renounces them, can we now set him free, and give him political offices, since repentance absolves people of their crimes?

Religious intolerance and fanaticism is the greatest security threat to this country. The complicit defense of a self announced terrorist supporter and sympathizer, by the President is a clear message to fanatics.

It tells them that their crimes are not heinous, that the Nigerian state can accommodate it, that when they retire from their murderous terrorism, there is a future for them … as Ministers in Nigeria ruling cabinet!

While the President plays with the fire of terrorism, under his watch Nigeria has become the 3rd most terrorized country in the world!

This view is strictly mine.

NOTE: Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Ken Henshaw and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.

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