Rights activist, Aisha Yesufu, says because Mr. Isa Pantami, who she labelled a terrorists sympathizer is Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, she will not link her National Identification Number to her phone number as required by the Federal Government.
Yesufu said this in a tweet with the hashtag #PantiMustGo which demands the sacking or resignation of the minister.
According to her, linking her NIN to her phone number would have her information in the control of a terrorist sympathizer and his cohorts.
She tweeted, “Let me repeat categorically what I have said before. I WILL NOT BE LINKING MY NIN to my phone number! I will rather not have a phone line than willingly give my information and have it in the control of a terrorist sympathiser and his cohorts #PantamiMustGo.”
The United States had recently placed Mr. Pantami on a no-fly list, based on his past comments that suggested sympathy for terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Pantami however said he is now a repented man, claiming that he made the comments when he was much younger.
So far, he enjoys the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has refused to sack him, despite public outrage.
Garba Shehu, a media aide to Mr. Buhari also reechoed the claim of the minister recently, saying he was young when he made those statements and that his position had since changed.
But reacting via a video in April, Yesufu said, “The Presidency is not Garba Shehu and Muhammadu Buhari. The Presidency is an institution and that institution should never be seen in any way whatsoever supporting someone who is now known to have been a terrorist sympathiser.
“We cannot be a nation that allows people who support terrorism to be out there in our public domain as public servants. We cannot have a minister of a sector that is so sensitive – as per our information, everything under that sector – be someone who is a terrorist sympathiser, whether has been, still is, repented or not.”