Why DSS should quiz Pantami – PDP

By AdvocateNews on 19/04/2021

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged 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 party has also demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake.

The party’s demands were made in a statement issued by party spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondinyan on Sunday.

Pantami has been at the centre of controversy following his claims of support for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and his condemnation of attacks by the Nigeria military against the Boko Haram fighters.

The minister who has opened up to his past statements has claimed that he has renounced some of those views which he claimed were made out of youthful enthusiasm, an explanation that has not quenched viral demands for his resignation.

The PDP said in it's position on Pantami on Sunday: 

“Our party’s 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.

“The PDP is particularly worried about 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,” the PDP said against concerns that Pantami may have compromised the NIN.

“The party tasks the DSS to investigate the allegation, which has created apprehension, particularly given the rise in banditry and other terrorists activities in our country.

“The PDP urges Nigerians to remain at alert and very sensitive to their environment, while not hesitating in providing useful information to our security agencies in the interest of our nation.”

Posted 19/04/2021 04:37:39 AM


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