Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is under the radar of some American security agencies due to alleged ties to terrorists.
Before his emergence as a Minister, Pantami was trained in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East with other top Islamic jihadists.
He was also a known Islamic preacher and held what was termed ‘dangerous views’ against the American government with allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
According to a report, the minister was said to be a very close confidante of the late Mohammed Yusuf; the killed leader of Boko Haram with whom he allegedly shared jihadist doctrines.
The minister had ties with Abu Quatada al Falasimi and other Al-Qaeda leaders that he revered; which he spoke glowingly of in several of his videos on YouTube.
In one of his narratives, Pantami had eulogised Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi as a great leader. Al-Zarqawi had joined the Al-Qaeda group;after emigrating to Afghanistan at the end of the September 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in America.
Pantami, in one of his statements, allegedly wrote about Abu Musab; “Under the Osama’s leadership; he became the unit commander of the army of Al-Qaeda; with the support of the Commander of the loyal Maula Umar (Taliban leader).
“It was after the September 11 attack that he suffered serious leg injury and was taken to Iraq for treatment where he spent a long time recovering.”
Efforts to get the reactions of the minister to the critical allegations were futile as at press time.
However, one of his aides described the allegations as false.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo West) has called on Nigerians to collectively fight poverty to achieve the desired national development.
He made the call on Saturday, April 10, during the grand finale of the 2021 Ibadan Week Celebration held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan.
Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, was honoured with ‘Outstanding Friend of Ibadan’ at the occasion, 1st News reported.
Okorocha said that poverty and injustice were the common enemies of Nigeria; saying Nigerians must rise up to find lasting solutions to the menace.
He said that the problem of poverty and injustice was still ravaging the nation; in spite of his little efforts in solving the problem.
“I have built schools across the federation; so as to gives access to poor children whose parent cannot afford to send them to school. Despite this effort aimed at solving the problem, poverty and injustice are still ravaging the nation,” he said.