By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The All Progressives Congress APC Advocates Forum has likened the travails of the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Sheikh Isa Ali Pantami, to the conversion experience of the Biblical Apostle Paul, insisting that the minister be judged on his contributions to governance rather than on his past.
The forum’s views were disclosed by its Convener, Comrade Kabiru Duhu, in Abuja, during a news conference on Monday.
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According to Duhu, Dr Pantami was a Nigerian who in the past spoke out of his conviction, as an impressionable Islamic cleric, about AlQaeda and Osama Bin Laden at a time many other clerics in Nigeria expressed similar thoughts, but that somewhere along the line, he went through an experience similar to that of the Biblical Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, following exposure to “fresh evidence, following which he openly recanted his previous radical views and took it upon himself to preach against Islamic extremist ideologies across major cities of Northern Nigeria, which has over the years made him a target for Boko Haram.
The forum lauded the minister for his achievements in the ministry within two years, recalling how he launched the decade-long Economic Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria in 2019 as well as the development of a SIM Card Registration Policy in February 2020, the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020 – 2025), launching of the Emergency Communication Centres and 112 Emergency Communication Number, significant drop in Right of Way charges after meeting with state governors and a host of other achievements.