Prof. Pantami and the critics
I had always tried to unsharpen my sword against people that are so-called enemies of progress not only to their fellow humans but to our dear county, Nigeria.
These decisions to all right-thinking citizenry can be regarded as apt and welcome development to whoever belongs to any among the two practiced religions in Nigeria for peace to continue to reign especially now that the country is faced with attempted cessation and banditry to overheat the Polity.
At a time, in the present year 2021, there was a lot of criticism, political blackmail, and envy against the young talented Islamic cleric and first Minister For Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. ISA ALI PANTAMI, the country has ever had in its sixty one year’s existence after weaning off from the colonial masters, all in the name of injecting saturated pollution into a clean ocean to change its natural colour and taste which is impossible except porinified by the creator.
Surprisingly, one of the previous contending issues I read in one of the weekly dailies with the title Pantami and Buhari: Between Faith and Fame which if not for the purpose of making reference written by a person of the same educational magnitude with the Minister, then PhD and equally of same Islamic religion, I intend to keep mute because in my writing career I do not quote a stale item to avoid turning back the hands of time. These according to divergent views are just like fighting the same faith by two chickens of the same feather.
I was opportune to meet the ICT wizard at the prestigious Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi during his final year while I was in year one. My first encounter was through the Juma’at sermon he observed in both English and Arabic languages with good oratory, phonetical sound, and sense of responsibility despite his young age at the old university’s ummah Mosque near the V.C’s office.
Perhaps, as a breed from the Fulanis who are naturally gifted of the likes of Prof. Jibrin Aminu from the Mathematical aspect, I was carried away and swept over by his preaching which sank me into the RIVER OF CONFUSION on whether he is a Northerner or otherwise? Until I was dished with insight on his caliber before wiping out my misconception and finally ruled that he is a great asset not only to the varsity, or Nigeria but the global community not knowing it was a dream come true.
For the sake of those in doubt of Prof. Pantami’s recent elevation to the Apex educational literacy level, they seem to be weighing the success from the rearview thereby undermining his academic records and international reputation in the global technological CIRCLE. Without owing any apology, the international communities are in dire need to own him permanently so that his fatherland would no longer benefit from which in turn can result to a great loss to the socio-economic potentials of the country overdriven by his professionalism and commitment.
Born on the 20th October 1972 from the families of Haj.Amina Umar Aliyu and Alh.Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the forty-nine years old Minister for Communications and Digital Economy bagged a B.TECH in computer science from ATBU, Bauchi after which he proceeded for masters degrees, MSC computer science, and MBA in technology management at the same institution and with a result that is of extra shining example to others.
As a dream for every academic don to be realised is to reach the peak, the on the spot tears shading Islamic cleric due to his inbuilt human sympathy started his career as a graduate assistant in ATBU where he rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer and proceeded to Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Scotland for his Ph.D. in Computer information systems before leaving for a Saudi Arabian University where he rose to the rank of associate professor and recently promoted to the rank of professor due to his academic contributions to our younger generation as knowledge seekers who can step into his shoes in future by the Governing Council Of the Federal University Of Technology Owerri, FUTO in Imo State.
The Groom on the final academic line, also have certificates in Digital Transformation from Harvard, Digital Strategy from both Massachusetts Institute Of Management Development Lausanne, Switzerland, Strategic Leadership from Oxford University, and a certificate in Management from Cambridge University in addition to his expertise in conflict resolution with national and international recognitions.
Among the professional and registered bodies that the ATBU Alumni and its employee is proud to have a membership with are; Fellow British Computer Society FBCS with membership number BCS 990650788, Fellow Cyber Security group Of British Computers Society to mention but a few.
Prof. Pantami who is also a Global IT citizen (bestowed on him by the fellow of the Nigerian and British Computer Societies) had also recorded a milestone on the lives of others even before attaining his current position by gaining employment opportunities to many of his students who are now well established in life and in fact helping others.
On the issue of 160 academic articles published by the intellect argued by others, I challenge any criticizer to believe in the saying of Allah that whoever memorises the holy Qur’an on earth, no quantum of western knowledge could pause set back to his entire life. Period and nothing more nothing less.
Just as some people tend to hide under pretense, Prof. Pantami’s factor as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should not be seen as political even though it is in a democratic dispensation. By this, I mean in any kind of Government be it military or civilian there exist people of proven integrity, technocrat, or cleric which is more often who can be bulldozed as a tool for sanitizing the system of Government to achieve desired goals.
Luckily enough, after the number one citizen of the country PMB who is not after material gains next to him is a pastor, Prof. Yemi more of a comrade too and Sheikh Isa Ali Pantami should not be looked at with an eye of the witchcraft simply because he is serving the nation with best of his ability. So we must wait for our time to hear how others will equally judge us by our past antecedents.
Interestingly, The computer magician had facilitated an increase in growth in the ICT sector to 14.70 percent making it the best performing sector of the economy that exited Nigeria from the global recession during the fourth quarter of 2020. In fact it was four times higher than the Agricultural sector been second with a growth rate of 3.42 percent.
Before exhausting the remaining ink of my pen to reach the final BUS STOP, there is a need to categorically mention his achievements towards national development while he was the DG NITDA to include, Significant local content policy enforcement on the N-Power social investment scheme of the FG that yielded fruitful results in three months not forgetting youths in their hundreds that were trained on ICT related field and entrepreneurship for self-reliance.
At this juncture, permit me to join other patriotic Nigerians in congratulating the honourable minister for a ministry that is first of its kind in Nigeria’s history for the measurement on the academic yardstick which must have added value and unity of purpose to his career and image of our country. Indeed as a scholar, be remembered that no success is achieved without critics and sabotage especially in Nigeria’s context, so happy to be in their midst, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami.
Gabi wrote from Bauchi State.