- In spite of calls for Dr. Isa Pantami to resign, more prominent Nigerians are defending the minister of communication
- A prominent Islamic group in the country has asked the minister to ignore those asking him to step down
- Recall that Pantami was recently targeted by fake media reports which alleged he was on a terrorism watchlist in the US
The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the calls by some people asking the minister of communication and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, to resign.
Legit.ng gathered that the director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, asked Pantami to ignore those calling for him to step down as a minister.
In a statement shared on its website on Monday, April 19, Professor Akintola described the calls as baseless, adding that everyone has their past.
Several Nigerians have called for Pantami's resignation over his alleged ties to terrorist sects.
“It is a baseless call and it should be ignored. Afterall, the US itself has denied it."
According to MURIC's director, the campaign of slander is being pushed by forces against the federal government’s NIN policy, Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, criminals in general and political IDPs (Internally Displaced Politicians).
He went on to note that no one who has the love of Nigeria at heart will support such a malicious and frivolous allegation.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of communication backtracked on some of the extreme views he held about terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Pantami during a Ramadan lecture at the Annor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday, April 17, said he made the controversial comments when he was young and inexperienced.
He told his audience that some of the comments he made then were uttered as far back as when he was a teenager.
In a related development, Pantami has done a huge favour to Nigeria with his Islamic teaching.
According to the minister, through his teaching, about 1000 extremists have seen the light and have repented of their extremism.
Source: Legit Newspaper