Isa Pantami: Terrorist sympathizer or sufferer of his NIN coverage

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The requires resignation and strain on the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, over his alleged hyperlinks to extremist teams like Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram along with his pro-Taliban views has continued unabated.

The marketing campaign which began with unconfirmed media experiences that the United States Government had allegedly positioned him on a safety watchlist over alleged hyperlinks with the late founder and chief of the dreaded Boko Haram group, Mohammed Yusuf, later snowballed right into a sequence of different allegations which border on his excessive Islamic views and actions previously.

Pantami, an Islamic cleric, in his preliminary response to the allegation of being on US safety watchlist on account of his extremist views, denied the allegations, saying that he had at all times preached in opposition to the Boko Haram sect for over 15 years over its condemnable doctrines and practices on the expense of his life.

He alleged that these behind these allegations are those that should not completely satisfied together with his implementation of the nice insurance policies of President Muhammadu Buhari on safety particularly the federal government coverage on National Identification Number (NIN) and threatened authorized motion in opposition to the publishers.

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The Minister in his assertion stated, ‘’News Wire Nigeria your retraction via your unbiased investigation has been famous. However, investigative journalism requires the investigation earlier than publishing, not after. Further, main publishers will meet my legal professionals in court docket on this defamation of character.

My lectures in opposition to the doctrines and all different evil individuals have been accessible for over 15 years, together with debates that endangered my life in opposition to many criminals in Nigeria. If you possibly can’t perceive Hausa, get an goal Hausa speaker to translate for you objectively.

For your info, by the Almighty, no quantity of intimation will cease Isa Pantami from implementing the nice insurance policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on safety.”

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As the calls from Nigerians for the resignation of the 48-year-old Minister continued, over his non secular views, Patanmi, for the primary time on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in accordance with some media experiences, acknowledged his previous non secular views however stated that he has since renounced these radical feedback.

He blamed his previous radical leanings on age, immaturity and restricted information in addition to primarily based on his understanding of spiritual points on the time, including that he has modified a number of positions taken previously primarily based on new proof and maturity,

However, regardless of renouncing his previous radical views, extra individuals on social media and even public figures, have joined the agitation for his resignation, saying that his views as a scholar can’t be blamed on age.

Some Nigerians have expressed their views on the matter with a great variety of them insisting that the Minister has to resign.

A Twitter person, Chris Chukwu, stated Nigerians should not going to sleep on this problem as a result of he’s a menace to National safety.

Festus Ogun stated that if the President refuses to sack Pantami, he needs to be ready for #EndSARS half 2.

Effiong John, whereas stating why President Buhari wouldn’t sack the Communications Minister stated {that a} terrorist apologist is not going to sack one other terrorist apologist.

A human rights activist Comrade Deji Adeyanju stated {that a} terrorist sympathizer is a terrorist.

Ayemojubar lamented that Nigeria has been taken over by terrorists.

Another Twitter person, Abiodun Sanusi stated that sympathizing with Isa Pantami is similar as exhibiting sympathy for Osama Bin Laden.

However, whereas responding to Governor Wike’s response to the difficulty, a former presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore stated that the Rivers State Governor was solely grandstanding as he was a while in the past, caught on tape threatening to kill an INEC official.

Some Nigerians have, nonetheless, expressed their help and sympathy for the Minister as they believed that he’s being victimized for a number of the authorities’s insurance policies that he’s driving.

A Twitter person Khaleel Kumo stated that #Pantami should go is solely hypocritical and directed at something good that comes out from Islam.

A Twitter person Faarees requested that the #PantamiMustGo should cease trending and Nigerians ought to go and hyperlink their SIM with their NIN.

Musbey in his defence for Pantami stated that so long as you’re a practising Muslim and profitable, they are going to hate you.

 

Also, in defence of the Communications Minister, the Presidency via the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity stated that Pantami, made these extremist remarks when he was in his 20s and has since then retracted them and adjusted his views.

The Presidency identified that this presently manufactured dispute has nothing to do with the Minister’s prior phrases however quite considerations over his actions within the current which embrace main the cost in opposition to unlawful knowledge deductions and pricing, deregistering 9.2 million SIMs thereby ending the flexibility for criminals and terrorists to make use of cell networks undetected.

Also reacting to alleged hyperlinks of Pantami to the loss of life of the late former Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Hayab, warned in opposition to linking the loss of life of Yakowa to Dr Isa Pantami.

He referred to as on Nigerians to disregard such insinuations and launch of some paperwork with uncertain authenticity, which endangers nationwide peace.

The very crucial query is why these allegations are developing now after nearly 2 years in workplace as a Minister. Is he a terrorist sympathizer, an allegation he has denied or is he a sufferer of a number of the authorities insurance policies whose execution he’s spearheading?

These are questions which might be nonetheless begging for solutions.

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