A civil society organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has called on the United States’ (US) Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to arrest a Nigerian minister allegedly implicated for having links with some global jihadist movements.
Besides, the rights group also stated that it will not be shocked if the allegation is true as the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has clearly demonstrated hatred for other religious groups other than the Islamic religion going by appointments made by the government since 2015.
HURIWA, in a statement obtained by PlatinumPost in Abuja, hinged its caIl on the ground that the Nigerian government will protect the minister if the allegation is true, as all the internal security agencies in the country, including the Nigerian Intelligence Agency are headed by core Moslem Northerners.
The rights group stated also that the failure to stop the massive killings of “minority Christian Northerners in the North East and Southern Kaduna by armed Fulani Jihadists groups” show that there could be some elements of truth in the allegation that Buhari’s government is Pro- Islam and may be sympathetic to Islamic extremists.
HURIWA said for the fact that the Buhari’s administration has failed to bring all the mass killers to justice including boko haram terrorists some of whom have been freed, rehabilitated and reintegrated, raises strong suspicion of alleged affinity with Moslem violent extremists by some top government officials in Abuja.
“It is unimaginable that a multi- ethnic nation like Nigeria, is confronted by the possible impossibility that an elected civilian President who is a Moslem Northerner, has clearly defecated on the Nigerian Constitution by failing to adhere to the Federal Character Principle but has consistently picked Moslem Northerners to head all the Internal Security agencies in clear violations of section 14 (3) and 42 (1) of the Constitution,” the group said.
HURIWA lamented that for the first time since 1960 that Nigeria gained Political Independence, the President and head of the executive arm of government is a Moslem Northerner; The Senate President and the head of the legislative arm is a Moslem Northerner; the head of the Judiciary is a Moslem Northerner; heads of Customs, Immigration, Police, Army, Navy, DSS and NIA are all Moslem Northerners.
The Rights group stated that not too long ago, six Nigerians including an unknown government official were convicted in the United Arab Emirates for funding Boko Haram terrorists and for months, the government failed to disclose the identity of the key government official implicated in the case.
HURIWA expressed concerns that the National Assembly headed by a ‘foot soldier’ of Buhari will not have the courage to probe the allegations against the Minister of Communications and digital economy, Ali Pantami, who is said to be on the US watchlist over link with Jihadist bodies.
“Media reports say there is disquiet in the land at the weekend following an allegation that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Alhaji Isa Ali Ibrahim, also known as Sheikh Pantami, has fallen on the watch list of the America’s Intelligence Service.
“Ibrahim, also the Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Sharia Council in Nigeria and a former student of Salafist ideologies, was trained in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East with other top Islamic jihadists.
“Before his appointment as a minister, Ibrahim was a known Islamic preacher and held what was termed ‘dangerous views’ against the American government with allegiance to Al-Qaeda,” the statement said.