The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has expressed that he has no issues with Christians, adding that his personal driver, secretary and technical assistant are Christians.
Pantami also said his past controversial comments on terrorist groups including Taliban and Al-Qaeda were misconstrued.
Recall OejNews reported that Pantami has come under fire over his alleged link with terrorist groups, with many Nigerians calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the minister.
The Nigerian Twitter community also said the minister could not be trusted with the data of Nigerians, especially with the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise under his watch.
However, speaking in an interview with Peoples Gazette on Friday, Pantani said, “My personal driver is Mai Keffi, a practising Christian. I also have a Christian, Ms Nwosu, as my secretary and Dr Femi, also a Christian, as my technical adviser.
“If I did not like Christians or I did not see them as my brothers and sisters, I would not have been working with them for so long. I employed more Christians than Muslims on my staff because I believe in merit and competence over ethnic or tribal sentiments.
“I have never condoned terrorism and I reject any affiliation to terror groups. I have long preached peaceful coexistence amongst people of every faith and ethnicity.”