Nigerians have taken to social media app, Twitter to call for the resignation or sack of Sheikh Isa Pantami, the current Minister of Communication and Digital Economy over his alleged ties with Terror groups like Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and others in the Middle East.
The trend #PantamiResign at the time of publication had over 30,000 tweets.
Below are excerpts from the trend:
From the revelations in the media, Minister Pantami is a security and a threat to National Security.
— Sir. Ariyo-Dare Atoye (@AriyoAristotle) April 16, 2021
Poverty capital of the world. Almost 50% youth unemployment.
Pantami’s ban on Sim registration killed new businesses & cost the nation BILLIONS.
Yet he only decided to lifts it to deflect from emerging facts that he was/is a terrorist sympathiser.
This traitor MUST go!!! 😡
— PapaDonkee (@ose_anenih) April 15, 2021
Nigerians are funny sha. You want a President who believes that he can rehabilitate Terrorists to sack a Minister who has ties to terrorism?
Make I join the #PantamiResign tag, but nothing will happen to Pantami.
His big Oga is still President.
— Buhari Killed my Daughter (@RadicalYouthMan) April 16, 2021
Reports had emerged that Dr. Isa had been placed on the US terror watch-list over alleged ties with Boko Haram leader.
In a related development, a group under the aegis ‘Concerned Nigerians’ have asked the US Secretary of State to order an investigation into the allegations.
The group said that influential people like Pantami who “express extremist views remain a threat to world peace as they support mass murder of both Christians and Muslims globally.”
The petition titled “Terrorist Watchlist – Isa Pantami”, partly reads, “We write to intimate you of remarks attributed to Sheikh Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Communications Minister in several media blogs in the country wherein he was quoted as saying he was always happy whenever unbelievers are killed by terrorist groups. “It is also further alleged that he had in the past openly supported and endorsed global terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Talibans.
“Pantami is said to have praised Osama Bin Laden describing him as a hero and a better Muslim than himself. He has not renounced these views in the face of new revelations by the media. His views are extremist views and a threat to a multi religious nation like Nigeria.
“He is a senior member of President Buhari’s regime and we are of the view that a supporter of Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden should not hold a sensitive position and be in charge of the database of Nigerians. We are confident that Mr. Pantami will not resign or be sacked despite the public outcry because President Buhari is drawn to men like him.
“We implore you to investigate these allegations and if true, place him on your terrorist watchlist permanently. Those who express extremist views remain a threat to world peace as they support mass murder of both Christians and Muslims globally. This remains unacceptable.
“Our reply to those who say these men may have had a change of heart is that terrorists don’t repent, they are only looking for an opportunity to get close to power so they can strike harder.”
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