- A Nigerian media house, has come under serious heat for its latest reports on Isa Pantami
- The newspaper claimed that the minister of communications and digital economy is on the watchlist of the US for terrorism
- However, the allegation has been debunked and described as false by a presidential media aide, Bashir Ahmed
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A presidential media aide, Bashir Ahmad, has reacted to reports that the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami is on the United States' watchlist.
In one of its posts, an online media had alleged that Pantami is being watched by the US for his suspected ties with Boko Haram insurgents, Abu Quatada al Falasimi, and other Al-Qaeda leaders.
Not only these, but the online newspaper also claimed that Pantami, before his appointment, was a known Islamic preacher who propagated dangerous ideology against the American government.
However, in his tweet on Monday, April 12, Ahmad dismissed the claim as false, insisting that the local media house intentionally avoided verifying the facts and went ahead to mislead a lot of Nigerian readers.
To set the records straight, President Muhammadu Buhari's media aide, maintained that the minister has never been on the US watchlist as falsely reported by the media house.
Meanwhile, in an effort to end the frequent abduction of schoolchildren in the north, the US had expressed readiness to help Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the deputy assistant secretary, Michael Gonzales, on Thursday, March 11, at the US Bureau of African Affairs.
According to Gonzales, America was willing to assist Nigeria to end its security challenges if the country seeks its help.
Speaking during a press briefing on US counterterrorism efforts in Africa, he expressed disgust by the pattern of mass abductions which he said is an internal security threat.
The US official drummed support for President Buhari’s decision to replace the service chiefs in order to address the country’s security challenges.