by Ayo Dada
While this news is alarming and worrying, and rightly so, Nigerians should not be surprised by it, if anyone is, that person is in denial, is suffering from Buharist syndrome, is willfully ignorant, and or has not been paying attention to what is and has been going on in Nigeria for a long time to date.
The body language of the people in power to the insecurity caused by the terrorist acts of Boko Haram and the Fulani “herdsmen” is to say the least, suspicious. From being completely silent to claiming that Sambisa forest is too big for the Nigerian military to penetrate to moving the same military to crush the (IPOB), the (ESN) in the forest in southeast from January 22, 2021 to January 28, 2021. Think about that!
Nigerians that have been attentive to on-goings in the country have been suspecting, whispering, muttering and some even shouting that there are saboteurs, terrorist, sponsors of terrorism, within this government with their hidden agendas. This Pantami man was reported to have been rusticated while in the university for his extremist views and preachings. Videos have surfaced that has shown his sympathy and support for Al Qaeda, and he publicly mourned Osama Bin Laden’s death.
This is the same man that Buhari has made the The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, entrusted with Nigerians’ BVN (Bank Verification Number) & NIN (National Identity Number). Little wonder why Nigerians cannot buy and, or register their SIM cards easily; smacks of economic sabotage, and their are speculations that the northern oligarchs are planningto use this NIN registration to register Fulanis from all over Africa as Nigerians. Now the picture is becoming clearer.
Many Nigerians have had reservations for the Nigerian Federal government’s vigorous and sudden rush to enforce the National Identity Number and SIM registrations even in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic. To cap it up, the Minister was said to have announced a 14 year jail term for failure to comply with his registration agenda.
It is deeply concerning when you put someone with such questionable background in such a delicate and important position as that of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
On what basis was he considered for this position? Did Buhari do his due diligence? Was their any background checks on him before his appointment? This and many of General Buhari’s appointment smacks of a hidden agenda which is becoming clearer to many Nigerians on a daily basis, from his nepotic appointments to appointing unqualified northerners to important and sensitive federal positions, to the provocating utterances and pronouncements from northern oligarchs and politicians in the face of the herdsmen’s murders, rapes, kidnapping and arson of southerners in their homelands, and to the no tangible action from the commander in chief of the armed forces to forestall all of these senseless blood letting by mostly his kinsmen.
First after the news/rumor broke about Pantami being put on terrorist watchlist by the US, their were denials after denials and threats of lawsuits. However after videos of his views surfaced, he backpedaled and started to sing a new song. Hear him; “I Don’t Support Al Qaeda, Taliban and Boko Haram Anymore”. “I was young and in the University during that time and I was a teenager. I was 13, many scholars and individuals did not understand some of international events and therefore took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.” I am now a changed person and talking against the activities of terrorists in Nigeria. CAN ANYONE IMAGINE THIS NONSENSE?
I do not mean to be a prophet of doom, but I suspect that this is the beginning of some more, or many to come. This is very sad for me to say and sincerely pray not, but my sixth sense tells me otherwise.
In any sane and just society, this man Pantami, with views, on with Boko Haram and Al Qaeda, these vicious terrorist networks/organization would have seen him gone by now, fired or forced into resignation. I will be wrong and gladly so if General Buhari were to fire him with immediate effect as he should.
We should all remember that Kemi Adeosun was young, naive and new to Nigeria. She went to NYSC headquarters to get exemption certificate. Somebody duped her and gave her a fake certificate. Right there in the NYSC headquarters. Her action did not kill any Nigerian. SHE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN. But Pantami who preached and instigated riots and murders, is telling us “he was young”. A man who instigated killings at ATBU. A man who eulogised the likes of Shekau to their murderous height, is giving “being young” as excuse for his actions. Do we see why Buhari government is becoming notoriously bloody? Buhari should sack Pantami without delay. We cannot have such characters in the corridors of power and not believe the government has a hand in the present insecurity.
If Pantami doesn’t resign or fired, then Nigerians will have no choice but to conclude that Buhari endorses those views and still share the views and the ones he shared on Islamic Religion.
Buhari has to take responsibility for his appointees, it is either he didn’t know, which makes him incompetent, or he did know which makes him complicit.
NIGERIA WILL SUCCEED