Nigeria’s main opposition party the people democratic party, PDP on Sunday (April 18) demanded the removal of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
The National Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, Kola Ologbondiyan asked the Buhari led government to invite Isa Pantami for questioning over alleged affiliations with deadly terrorists.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Department of State Services (DSS) to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. Isa Pantami, for questioning over alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
The party also demands that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake,” he said.
Flashback: Isa Pantami said he considers Osama Bin Laden as a better Muslim than himself.
Why it’s wrong: Mr Pantami is Nigeria’s communications minister overseeing the country’s massive data and telephone infrastructure and other sensitive details of national intelligence.
What he’s saying: He said has never been soft towards Boko Haram and charged Nigerians to explore his preachings over the years in order to unearth the truth. He added; he was young when he made some of the comments; “I was in university, some of the comments were made when I was a teenager.”
PDP went on to urges Nigerians to remain alert and very sensitive to their environment, arguing that it’s the party position to predicate on the heightening concerns in the public “Our party’s position is predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister. who has access to sensitive government documents and information.”
- “The PDP is particularly worried about allegations in the public suggesting that the minister compromised the NIN registration exercise by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens.
- The party tasks the DSS to investigate the allegation. which has created apprehension, particularly given the rise in banditry and other terrorist activities in our country.
- The PDP urges Nigerians to remain alert and very sensitive to their environment, while not hesitating in providing useful information to our security agencies in the interest of our nation,” he said.