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NYCN, TADI say criminals sponsor campaign against Pantami

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Solomon Adodo


Insist on continuation of NIN

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has frowned on the ongoing clamour for the sack of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.

This is as Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI) accused some foreign and domestic criminal elements of working to frustrate the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN) registration and its linking with Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards nationwide to be behind the travails of the minister.

NYCN’s President, Solomon Adodo, in a statement yesterday, blamed Pantami’s resolve to build a digital economy for Nigeria to join the league of advanced countries of the world for his ordeal.

The youth group, in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleged that those bent on his removal from office were unhappy that the NIN would block the financial fraud that almost grounded the country’s economy.

It claimed to be privy to information of sinister plot to remove top government officials. TADI, however, insisted that the NIN registration and its linking with SIM cards must continue, urging the government not to allow criminal elements to frustrate the process.

Embattled Pantami has been in the eye of the storm for about a week over his controversial Islamic teachings, which reportedly lent credence to terrorism activities and killings – which forced some Nigerians to demand his resignation.

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, TADI Executive Director, Ambassador Yomi David, said: “We find it so outrageously demeaning for the unscrupulous elements fanning embers of discord to implicate the United States for credence to their allegations of links with terrorist organisations simply because the minister initiated measures towards curbing digital malfunctioning and insecure census system that work in tandem with the security architecture of the nation.”

Last Sunday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged the Department of State Security to invite Pantami for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

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