Concerned Nigerians have called for immediate sack of Nigerian Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who has been in the eyes of dust by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) and some concerned Nigerians made this call over his alleged links with extremists.
According to the National President of MBF, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, the issues against the minister are too sensitive to be ignored in view of security challenges facing the country. He, therefore, demanded the minister to willfully resign to pave the way for thorough investigation of his comments or outright sack by Mr. President.
“If the government is sensitive, Pantami should have gone long time ago. There were series of allegations against him even before he became a minister but the Senate and the Presidency ignored such sensitive petitions and cleared him. It is quite unfortunate that such kind of petitions from security agencies can be swept under the carpet,” he said.
Also, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has challenged the president to oust the minister from office.
HURIWA added that the president should be courageous in arresting and prosecuting terrorists and bandits such as armed herdsmen who, the group said are about pushing Nigeria into a state of civil war by their “unbridled quest to displace farmers all over the country so as to supplant themselves and other foreign based herders that officers of the internal security agencies have aided and abetted their illegal entry into Nigeria”.
Musingly grieved, the group vowed to speak with like-minded people in the organised civil society community in Nigeria to mount pressure on the United States of America to arrest and investigate the minister should he refused to quit the public office.
The minister had on Saturday repudiated his previous pro Al-Qaeda and Taliban sermons and utterances.
However, a seismic demand for his resignation continued on social media at the weekend with another trending hashtag — #PantamiResignNow, by Nigerians, stating that, Pantami could not be trusted with the nation’s data.