- More prominent Nigerians share their thoughts concerning the controversy surrounding Dr Isa Pantami
- The minister of communications and digital economy has been in the spotlight in the past few weeks over some comments he made in the past
- A prominent Islamic group in the country says a former DSS director revealed too much information in his reaction to the Pantami saga
The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to a statement credited to Dennis Amachree, a former assistant director with the Department of State Security (DSS).
Amachree, recently revealed that the secret police must have known about the past extremists' views of the minister before his appointment.
Legit.ng gathered that the director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, advised DSS to call Amachree to order, saying the former official revealed too much.
In a statement shared on its website on Friday, April 23, Professor Akintola said Amachree let his emotions run wild, adding that he has given future nominees tips on the need to cover their tracks.
According to MURIC's director, Amachree's religious sentiment must have clouded his sense of discipline and made him forget the need to protect his former employer.
"A trained security officer does not behave like this. He must be reserved. He must protect official secrets if indeed he has one. But Amachree allowed his emotions to run wild. His religious sentiment must have beclouded his sense of discipline and made him forget the need for him to protect his former employer, the DSS."
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, the Nigerian presidency has reacted to the allegations that Pantami made statements in the past supporting terrorist groups.
The presidency's reaction was contained in series of tweets by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Shehu in his statement on Thursday, April 22, defended the embattled minister by aligning with the submission of Pantami that he was young when he made those statements.