- In spite of calls for Dr. Isa Pantami to resign, more prominent Nigerians are defending the minister of communications
- The Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative says the minister is been hounded by some criminal elements
- The group also called on the international community to disregard the media reports linking the minister to terrorists
A civil society organisation, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative (TADI), has called on the international community to disregard the recent media reports linking Dr. Isa Pantami to terrorism.
According to the group, the reports were fictitious, malicious, and an attempt to malign the minister of communications and digital economy.
The group's position was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, April 19, and signed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.
Part of the statement read:
“We find it so outrageously demeaning for the unscrupulous elements fanning embers of discord to implicate the US for credence to their unsubstantiated allegations of links with terrorist organisations.
“This is because the minister has initiated pragmatic and proactive measures towards curbing the trends of digital malfunctioning and insecure census system that works in tandem with the security architecture of the nation.
“Without mincing words and judging by the coverage given to the allegation, suffice to state that it emanated from the collaboration of criminal elements whose activities had been seriously combated by the ongoing compulsory linking of NIN to SIM cards of all mobile communication networks operating in the country.
“We in the Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative (TADI) having related closely with the minister in person even when he served in various Government Agencies which he headed and perform creditably well find it worthy to march in his solidarity.
“We are also compelled to call on the international community to disregard this campaign of calumny aimed at tarnishing the image of the charismatic minister using his religious past.
“Our organisation is a reputable civil society group that epitomizes change as constant human nature and irrespective of the past of any individual.”
Dr. Pantami had earlier stated that he has no issues with Christians, contrary to insinuations being made in some quarters.
He noted that has a good relationship with Christians, adding that his personal driver, secretary, and technical adviser are all Christians.
In another interview recently, Dr. Pantami said allegations that he has links with extremists are lies.
According to him, the allegations are being spread by people who are unhappy that the government is linking National Identification Number with telephone SIMs.