- More prominent Nigerians are speaking up concerning the past comments of Isa Pantami, a minister and Islamic cleric
- The minister had controversially declared support for international terror groups in his past sermons
- The Chrisitan Association of Nigeria says the DSS should immediately commence investigations into the allegations
The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, has urged relevant security agencies to investigate the recent allegations against the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ali Pantami.
Pantami has been under pressure to resign after his controversial Islamic teachings linking him to terror groups surfaced.
The minister later admitted making the comments but blamed immaturity and limited knowledge for his views back then.
But speaking during a press conference at the Baptist International Conference Centre on Tuesday, April 20, Reverend Ayokunle prompted security agencies to act on the matter.
Daily Trust quoted him as saying:
“What is the State Security Service doing? What are the police doing? What is the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency doing about the allegation? Such allegations should not be taken with levity.
“It should be taken seriously especially if we have data, written evidence, implicating statements or whatever. Why have they kept quiet? The question should not be directed at me as I am not in the security sector and I may not have the best information about the situation.
“I don’t want to make any statement that is not informed. Direct your question to DSS on why they have not investigated the allegation. Or is there no basis for it? Once they come out on the basis of empirical evidence, the situation will be settled.”
Recall that a civil society group, Concerned Nigerians, on Monday, April 19 urged the DSS to recommend the sacking of Pantami to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The convener of the group, Prince Deji Adeyanju, made the recommendation in a letter addressed to the director-general of the DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
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.