Prince Deji Adeyanju, the Convener of Pro-democracy, good governance and human rights group, Concerned Nigerians, has written the United State government, intimating her of alleged comment credited to Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Sheik Isa Pantami. Adeyanju, in the letter, urged the US government to investigate the minister and, if need be, mete out necessary action against him if found wanting.
The letter reads thus:
“The Secretary of State
United States Department of State
US Embassy in Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central Business District Area
TERRORIST WATCHLIST – ISA PANTAMI
The above subject matter refers.
We write to intimate you of remarks attributed to Sheik Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Communications Minister in several media blogs in the country wherein he was quoted as saying he was always happy whenever unbelievers are killed by terrorist groups. It is also further alleged that he had in the past openly supported and endorsed global terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Talibans. Pantami is said to have praised Osama Bin Laden describing him as a hero and a better Muslim than himself. He has not renounced these views in the face of new revelations by the media. His views are extremist views and a threat to a multi religious nation like Nigeria.
He is a senior member of President Buhari’s regime and we are of the view that a supporter of Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden should not hold a sensitive position and be in charge of the database of Nigerians. We are confident that Mr. Pantami will not resign or be sacked despite the public outcry because President Buhari is drawn to men like him.
We implore you to investigate these allegations and if true place him on your terrorist watchlist permanently. Those who express extremist views remain a threat to world peace as they support mass murder of both Christians and Muslims globally. This remains unacceptable. Our reply to those who say these men may have had a change of heart is that terrorists don’t repent, they are only looking for an opportunity to get close to power so they can strike harder.
COMRADE DEJI ADEYANJU”