- These are definitely tough times for the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami
- A civil society group has asked the DSS to recommend the minister's immediate sack to the president
- Pantami is facing heavy backlash over his past comments supporting terrorist groups
A civil society group, Concerned Nigerians, on Monday, April 19 urged the Department of State Security, DSS, to recommend the sacking of Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The convener of the group, Prince Deji Adeyanju, said this in a letter addressed to the director-general of the DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, in Abuja.
A copy of the letter acknowledged by the DSS was also shared by the group on its Twitter page.
Part of the letter read:
“We write to bring to your notice numerous publications in the media about Sheik Isa Pantami, the minister of communications wherein he was quoted in the past supporting major terrorist groups – Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and describing Osama Bin Laden as a hero and better Muslim than himself.
“After public outcry and condemnation, Sheikh Pantami has come out to confirm that he expressed such views and regret ever doing so.
“Sheikh Pantami is too close to power and we urge you to advise the president from a security point of view to sack him in the interest of Nigeria.
“Also, we call upon you in the face of his admission, to invite him for questioning with the view of prosecuting him for supporting terrorism.”
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Cletus Obun, has called for the sack or resignation of Pantami.
Obun made the call on Monday, April 19 while speaking during a breakfast programme on the African Independent Television.
He stated that Pantami should be sacked from his position if he is unwilling to resign in light of the revelations made about him.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack Pantami.
According to a press statement released by the PDP's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Sunday, April 18, the opposition party noted that the recent allegations surrounding Pantami are too sensitive to be taken for granted.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Pantami backtracked and denounced some of the extreme views he held about terrorist groups including the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Speaking during a Ramadan lecture at the Annor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday, April 17, the minister said he made the comments when he was young and inexperienced.