Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has been in the news for the past few days after a report published by NewswireNg showed that he has links to terrorist networks like Al Qaeda and Boko Haram.
The publication was later retracted after the Minister threatened to sue the major news platforms who published the news on Wednesday.
However, further reports by Peoples Gazette in the past few days have shown that the Minister might not be entirely innocent of being an apologist of terrorist ideas or networks.
Mr. Pantami, in one of his preachings before he became a Minister was quoted by Peoples Gazette as saying;
“We are all happy whenever unbelievers are being killed,” Mr. Pantami said. “But the Sharia does not allow us to kill them without a reason.”
In another publication, Mr. Pantami also condemned working in the public service as he condemned his colleagues who accepted to work there.
Isa Pantami expressing his utter rejection of public service.
He condemned his colleagues who took public appointments and vowed never to join them.
President Buhari ignored this and other views of Mr Pantami’s and put him in charge of Nigeria’s crucial telecoms infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/EKXksWkgqG
— Peoples Gazette (@GazetteNGR) April 15, 2021
Pantami was also quoted to have said he considers the late Al Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden has a better Muslim than him.
Nigerians on social media are now calling for the resignation of the Minister who heads a sensitive sector of President Buhari’s administration although others share different opinions
See tweets below.
You can trend whatever you want to trend, if you aren't a criminal you won't hate Sheikh Pantami, he left his good well paid lecturing job in Saudi to serve his country, but you are here trending #PantamiResign. Pantami is going no where but higher level by God's Grace
— Moderate Ustaz (@moderate_ustaz) April 16, 2021
Another bunch of 🤡s is trending #PantamiResign this morning, I don't know why they're so obsessed with Sheikh Pantami, is it because of the NIN-SIM linkage.?? 😂 why bother if you're not a Yahoo Boy.?? Pantami isn't going anywhere, and you must link your SIM with your NIN!
— F A A R E E S 💫 (@MFaarees_) April 16, 2021
Hypocrites southerners also known as Yahoo Boys those that specialize in stealing people properties over the internet are calling for the resignation of Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy#PantamiResign https://t.co/BOsjvewvky
— Baba_Ali™ (@aliyu_mafara) April 16, 2021
Pantami is such a special son to Buhari, he was given the lee-way to change the Ministry of Communications to Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) on the 17th of October, 2019. I really want to see how the #PantamiResign turns out.
— theonly1acre (@theonly1acre) April 16, 2021
Terrorism enabler, Nigeria ministry of communication under the supervision of a terrorists apologist.#PantamiResign
— Royborax (@riyborax) April 16, 2021
— Agboti Hero (@AgbotiHero) April 16, 2021
Nigeria is on the verge or been transformed into a Islamic state by the so called #PMB and his cohort, but wait oh let me ask if buhari makes an appointment that is not a Muslim and from the North will he die #PantamiResign
— Ajibade miracle (@ajibade_miracle) April 16, 2021
— Princewell 🎰 (@princewell_k) April 16, 2021
I'm not comfortable having a terrorists sympathiser sitting on my data, he has to go. #PantamiResign
— T R N (@flexdada) April 16, 2021
Whether Nigeria is a serious country or not, we are calling for the resignation of Pantami immediately.
Now our NIMC data base is not security everyone has access to it #PantamiResign
— Umar M. Arzika (@umarzika) April 16, 2021
@DrIsaPantami IS A TERRORIST
— Charles (@Charles24161908) April 16, 2021
Fact that a lot of moderates are quiet or defending Pantami after initially claiming Islamophobia may just prove the point that some terrorists enjoy protection from moderates. It’s been shameful to watch. Everybody must now demand his resignation #PantamiResign
— Ayobami Ayobami (@dondekojo) April 16, 2021