Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to unseat the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
PDP made the call following several reports which were dug from his past as a “religious extremist” who was in support of religious jihadist terrorist groups, Al-Qaeda and Taliban.
Audio recordings of Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, generating debates on social media platforms with many Nigerians calling for his removal and others defending him.
In his reaction on Saturday, Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making controversial statements supporting the groups but his views on such extremist groups have changed.
The major opposition party in a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also urged the Department of State Service (DSS) to quiz the Minister.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Department of State Services (DSS) to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda,” the statement partly read.
“The party also demands that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake.”
PDP explained that his position “is predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister, who has access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individuals including high profile personalities in the public and private sectors as well as the traditional and faith-based circles.”
It also maintained that “allegations in the public suggesting that the minister compromised the NIN registration exercise by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens,” are worrying.
The PDP enjoined Nigerians to remain alert and very sensitive to their environment, adding that they should not hesitate in providing useful information to security agencies.