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Aisha Buhari shares Pantami’s “crying video”, says ‘be courageous to do the right thing’

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The First Lady Aisha Buhari on Sunday shared a video showing minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, crying during one of his recent preachings.

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Mr Pantami often goes emotional during his exegesis sessions, especially when some verses in the Holy Qur’an were recited, or when explaining the persecution of Muslims.

Mrs Buhari shared the video on her verified Instagram page with a terse statement: “A chire tsoro a yi abinda ya dace” (Be courageous to do the right thing).

In the short video, Mr Pantami and his reciter burst into tears when the minister asked the reciter to read a verse on fear of Allah.

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“That is the Garden We shall give as their own to those of Our servants who were devout,” the reciter sobbed as he read Surah Maryam, Verse 63.

As Mr Pantami began his commentary, he too burst into tears, saying “O Allah make me of them. O Allah make me of them. O Allah make me of them.”

The first lady is famous for criticizing her husband’s administration and some appointees of the government.

In an October 2016 BBC interview, Mrs Buhari suggested his government had been hijacked by only a “few people”, who were behind presidential appointments.

According to her, the president did not know most of the officials he had appointed.

But Mr Buhari, who was on a visit to Germany, responded by saying his wife belonged in his kitchen.

Standing alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference, the president laughed off his wife’s accusations, saying “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”

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