group of Nigerians has written to the United States of America (USA) to investigate and officially place Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami on terrorist watchlist if found to be affiliated with any terrorist organization.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the group known as Concerned Nigerians addressed the letter to the Secretary of State, United States Department of State, through the Ambassador of the US Embassy in Nigeria.
The group in the letter signed by its Convener, Comrade Deji Adeyanju stressed the allegations of the link of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to Al-Qaeda, the Talibans and Osama Bin Laden.
According to the letter, Pantami is said to have praised Osama Bin Laden describing him as a hero and a better Muslim than himself, and that he was yet to renounced his extremist views in the face of new revelations by the media.
The letter obtained by TNG reads: “We write to intimate you of remarks attributed to Sheik Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Communications Minister in several media blogs in the country wherein he was quoted as saying he was always happy whenever unbelievers are killed by terrorist groups.
“It is also further alleged that he had in the past openly supported and endorsed global terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Talibans. Pantami is said to have praised Osama Bin Laden describing him as a hero and a better Muslim than himself.
“He has not renounced these views in the face of new revelations by the media. His views are extremist views and a threat to a multi religious nation like Nigeria.
“He is a senior member of President Buhari’s regime and we are of the view that a supporter of Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden should not hold a sensitive position and be in charge of the database of Nigerians.
“We are confident that Mr. Pantami will not resign or be sacked despite the public outcry because President Buhari is drawn to men like him.
“We implore you to investigate these allegations and if true place him on your terrorist watchlist permanently. Those who express extremist views remain a threat to world peace as they support mass murder of both Christians and Muslims globally. This remains unacceptable.
“Our reply to those who say these men may have had a change of heart is that terrorists don’t repent, they are only looking for an opportunity to get close to power so they can strike harder”.
TNG reports one Gabriel Danjuma acknowledged receiving the Concerned Nigerians letter at the US Embassy in Nigeria on Friday 16th of April 2021.