Buhari must purge his government of terrorist sympathizers, says HURIWA

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Sheikh Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami over his alleged past affiliations to teachings of global Jihadists movements of AlQaeda.

In a statement by HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group also challenged President Buhari to be courageous in arresting and prosecuting terrorists and bandits such as armed Fulani herdsmen who are about pushing Nigeria into a state of civil war by their unbridled quest to displace farmers all over the country.

The group challenged President Buhari to expose and boot out all the sleeping sympathizers of Islamic terror networks embedded in his federal government if he truly means to decisively dismantle all the terror cells in existence in Nigeria and especially those who are actively threatening the territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. According to the HURIWA boss;

“It is unimaginable that a government that is totally intolerant of divergent opinions and has done quite a lot to use the brute force of the armed Police and other security forces to physically crush supporters of such moderate Islamic groups like the Islamic Movement of Nigeria is the same administration that harbours someone who had indeed espoused the teachings of such global terrorism outlaws like the masterminds of AlQaeda global Jihadists movements”.

“Ironically, after this same person has been exposed and his past misdeeds made abundantly open, President Muhammadu Buhari with all his holier-than-thou attitudes has refused to dismiss this self-confessed supporter of Al-Qaeda.  Why did this government rush to classify the self-determination campaigners like the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group whereas at the most strategic centre of administration the Country has someone who even by his belated admission had previously supported international terrorists?.

“How does the Nigerian government want decent countries like the United States of America,  United Kingdom, Australia,  Canada and the European Union to have confidence in this same government under whose watch a self-confessed supporter of the teachings of Al-Qaeda is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy?”

“This is hypocrisy raised to power two. The minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Sheikh Pantami must be dismissed forthwith unless the Muhammadu Buhari administration has now accepted to be a sympathizer of Al-Qaeda in which case Nigerians should in their numbers pour out on the streets and force the entire Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari to resign immediately “.

HURIWA also advised Nigerians not to be deceived into accepting the belated statement of remorse made by the minister of Communications and Digital economy who had earlier threatened to sue a newspaper that had linked him up to some of the teachings that glorify the global Jihadists movements.

Nigerian Pilot recalled that the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, has reportedly renounced some controversial comments he made on Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

While answering questions during his daily Ramadan lecture at Al-Noor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday, the minister said he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past.

The embattled minister of Communications and Digital economy said: “For 15 years, I have moved around the country while educating people about the dangers of terrorism. I have travelled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano states and Difa in Niger Republic to preach against terrorism. I have engaged those with Boko Haram ideologies in different places. Likewise, I have been writing pamphlets in Hausa, English and Arabic. Furthermore, I have managed to bring back several young persons who have derailed from the right path. Some of the comments I made some years ago that are generating controversies now were based on my understanding of religious issues at the time, and I have changed several positions taken in the past based on new evidence and maturity. I was young when I made some comments; I was in university, some comments were made when I was a teenager. I started preaching when I was 13, many scholars and individuals did not understand some international events and therefore took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.”

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