The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the federal government to direct 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 opposition party clarified.
The party made the demand in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday, April 18.
“Our party’s position is predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communications 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 National Identification Number (NIN) registration exercise; by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens.
“The party tasks the DSS to investigate the allegation, which has created apprehension; particularly given the rise in banditry and other terrorist 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,” the statement read.
The Minister however, on Saturday denied having any ties with terrorist groups or ethnic and religious bigotry; saying he employed more Christians than Muslims as members of his staff.
Pantami had stated this in an interview on Friday evening; amidst the raging controversies of recent reports that the minister is linked to terrorist groups; going by his past controversial Islamic teachings.
The Minister has come under public pressure to resign; after audio and video recordings of his controversial comments alongside excerpts of an academic paper; that explored his preachings across northern parts of the country between the early and mid-2000s were published.