The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls to sack the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Technology, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami.
Recall that a report by Daily Independent had claimed that the United States had placed the minister on their terror watchlist.
Although the newspaper later withdrew the report, the allegation had triggered social media campaign against the minister, with some calling for his resignation.
Reacting, the Director of MURIC, Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Thursday, urged the President to ignore such calls, describing the agitation as an after-thought.
The statement reads: “The call for the resignation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Planning, Dr. Isa Pantami, over remarks made as a teenager and long before he became a minister is quite worrisome.
According to Mr Akintola, the initiative to link the National Identity Number, NIN, to SIM cards is the reason behind the attacks on the minister.
The director appealed to President Buhari to ignore the rantings of Mr Pantami’s critics, adding that it is part of a ploy to weaken his administration.