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.
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.”