There was outrage on social media as there were widespread reports that the United States government has placed Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami on terror watch-list over ties with Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda. The report claimed that the Minister was in close ties with Abu Quatada al Falasimi and other Al-Qaeda leaders. Isa Pantami was also said to be a very close confidant of the late Mohammed Yusuf, the killed leader of Boko Haram. However, Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, on Monday, has debunked the reports. Taking to his official twitter account, Bashir described the report as ‘fake news’. He tweeted, ”You have just endorsed a fake report without verifying. For your information @DrIsaPantamihas never been on any US watch list.”
Here is how Nigerians reacted to the report:
I'm Not Surprised To See Nigeria Minister Of Communications, Sheikh Isa Pantami On America’s Watch List Of Persons With Ties To Boko Haram. Most Of These Top Northern Politicians Has Links With Boko Haram. Even Buhari Said..'An Attack On Boko Haram, Is An Attack On The North'.
— Somto Okonkwo (@General_Somto) April 12, 2021
Buhari Said "Attack On Boko Haram Is An Attack On The North!"
Nasir El-Rufai said "Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes."
Isa Pantami. Sheikh Gumi. Muhammadu Buhari. Nasir. ETC. ARE VERY APOLOGETIC TO TERRORISM!
— Mazi @FestusGreen 🇳🇬 (@FestusGreen) April 12, 2021
US: There's not enough evidence that prove that there was a lekki massacre.
Twitter NG: Why must we listen to the US? Why must the US tell us what is true or not?
US: There's a possible connection between Isa Pantami and BH.
Twitter NG: The US cannot lie. It's definitely true
— 𝐌𝐔𝐁𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐊🗽 (@EmperorTwiTs) April 12, 2021
I have searched the US Website and I can't find Isa Pantami's name on the wanted list. Dem Dems need to face all their current problems of SM pay for hire and stop trying to deflect. Eku rondo kan kan o le tan anybody jehttps://t.co/6YDSCvF3uk
— Arinola Ifeoma Awokoya- Bokoto in Pepper sauce (@iyaboawokoya) April 12, 2021
Nigerian Minister, Isa Pantami On US watch List for links with Al-Qaeda
We have been saying it, that Terrorists are members of this government. Waiting for Lai Mohammed to insult US Govt. That is what he knows how to do best. pic.twitter.com/JGIeLrcSFu
— Emma ik Umeh (Tcee )🇳🇬 (@emmaikumeh) April 11, 2021
As the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Isa Pantami has access to all of our data.
A terrorist with our data is very dangerous and unacceptable!
— Anambra 1st son💭 (@UchePOkoye) April 12, 2021
Isa Pantami was rusticated from university years ago for his love for terrorism. Today the media has placed him on a terror watch list. This is the same guy disturbing us for NIN so he could be supplying more info to Boko Haram.
— IFA FUNSHO (@funshographix) April 12, 2021