Patami: Statement(s) he made before coming back to hurt him

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“Some of the comments I made some years ago that are generating controversies now were based on my understanding of religious issues at the time, and I have changed several positions taken in the past based on new evidence and maturity.

“I was young when I made some of the comments; I was in university, some of the comments were made when I was a teenager. I started preaching when I was 13, many scholars and individuals did not understand some of international events and therefore took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.”

Pantami, minister of communication and digital economy

— Ali Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, renouncing his radical comments on Al Qaeda and Taliban

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