- Pantami had been quoted as saying that he was always happy when infidels were massacred
Nigerians on popular social media platform, Twitter, have initiated an online campaign demanding the resignation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, over alleged links with terrorist groups.
The social media users are contending that the minister cannot be trusted with the data of Nigerians, especially with the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise under his watch.
Series of audio recording from sermons delivered by the Minister who is also an Islamic preacher have surfaced online over a couple of days.
Peoples Gazette, an online medium, had quoted Pantami as saying that he was always happy when infidels were massacred.
Also, he reportedly expressed displeasure at a military campaign carried out on hideouts of Boko Haram insurgents by Army troops during the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, describing the extermination of the deadly terrorist group as “extrajudicial killing”.
In a swift reaction to the damning audio evidences published by Peoples Gazette, Nigerians on Twitter have begun criticising the Federal Government, demanding the Minister’s resignation.
Some users argued that sacking minister is not the only solution but also ensuring the safety of the data of which he has been a custodian since he was appointed Minister in 2019.
Eko Hot Blog monitored the #PantamiResign campaign which has since garnered about 25,000 tweets and culled some comments:
Yes, #PantamiResign. But what if he leaves with all your data? You are still not safe! Access controls must be put in place immediately, and a full sweep of sensitive citizens data done to ensure they aren't being cloned or backed up somewhere asides from where they should be.
— Royalty 👑 (@royaltyuso) April 16, 2021
Fact that a lot of moderates are quiet or defending Pantami after initially claiming Islamophobia may just prove the point that some terrorists enjoy protection from moderates. It’s been shameful to watch. Everybody must now demand his resignation #PantamiResign
— Ayobami Ayobami (@dondekojo) April 16, 2021
You can't say you love Nigeria and still support this government. Never! #PantamiResign
— BC Dongs (@BC_DONGS) April 16, 2021
To intimidate Supreme Court judges and subjugate the judiciary, Buhari used DSS to break into the homes of 6 judges across six states simultaneously at midnight; if Buhari was against Pantami’s beliefs and utterances, nobody needs to tell him what to do. #PantamiResign
— Somto Onuchukwu (@chosensomto) April 16, 2021
If Osama bin Laden was a Nigerian
he will be a minister in this Apc Government.
— Mindset🗝️ (@Mindset_tweet) April 16, 2021
A terrorist apologist is not worthy of being a government official. #PantamiResign
— Olúyẹmí Fásípè (Ìgbàlódé Pastor) (@YemieFASH) April 16, 2021
This Pantami issue is far more serious than we treat it to be. I had this nightmare last night where Boko Haram had the data and location details of every single Nigerian, including the president. Pantami has to resign and answer the law. We're in danger!! #PantamiResign
— Chukwumaobim (@MOMPERE55) April 16, 2021
Arewa jingoists swore Ijaw man won’t enjoy his presidency. Isa Pandemic was “the crying sheikh,” back then. Pantami said & I quote; “Ebele is depopulating the North.”
They spared nothing against Goodluck Jonathan & NOI. Kemi Adeosun is one of their victims as well #PantamiResign
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) April 16, 2021
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