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US govt places Buhari’s Minister, Isa Pantami, on terrorism watchlist

The United States Government has reportedly placed the Minister of Com­munications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on its terrorism watchlist.

According to a report in Daily Independent Newspaper, the minister was reportedly placed on the watchlist due to his alleged ties with Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda.

According to Western Intelligence, the minister had ties with Abu Quata­da al Falasimi and other Al-Qaeda leaders that he revered and spoke glow­ingly of in several of his videos on YouTube.

The report said Pantami was a very close confidant of the late Mohammed Yusuf, the killed leader of Boko Haram with whom he allegedly shared jihad­ist doctrines.

In one of his narratives, Pantami had described a known terrorist leader, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, as a great leader, who joined the Al-Qaeda group after em­igrating to Afghanistan at the end of September 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in America.

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According to Middle Eastern Intelligence, corroborated by its West­ern counterparts, photo­graphs of Pantami and his jihadist allies are trending.

Reacting, one of the aides of the minister said the allegations were false and baseless.

He said: “You didn’t tell me you want to publish the sto­ry when you introduced yourself. In the first place, you did not address the Office of the Honourable Minister properly.

“This is a personal at­tack on somebody’s per­sonal belief and religion.

“This allegation is not coming from the Ameri­can government, but one useless organisation. I am a journalist myself.”

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