A foremost faith-based human rights group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has congratulated the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for winning the 2020 Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year award.
The Minister, an erudite Islamic scholar, was bestowed with the prestigious award by the organisers of #MNAwards2020, Muslim News, Nigeria’s most authoritative Islamic newspaper, on Friday, February 19, 2021.
In its congratulatory message signed by its Director, Prof. Lakin Akintola, on Saturday, the leading human rights organisation rejoiced with the minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on the award.
Prof Akintola said, “Muslim News, a popular Nigerian Islamic newspaper, has picked Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami as the winner of the 2020 Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year Award, organised by Muslim News, Nigeria’s most authoritative Islamic newspaper.
“This was announced by Mr. Rasheed Abubakar, publisher of Muslim News and the organizer of the prestigious Muslim News Awards (#MNAwards) in a press statement issued on Friday, 19th February, 2021.
“We congratulate Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on his emergence as the winner of the keenly contested Muslim Personality of the Year 2020 Award. This is no doubt a well-deserved honour. It is a reward for hard work, timely initiative and devotion to search for solutions to the nation’s problems,” it read in part.
MURIC commended the organisers of the awards, which was initiated in 2018 to celebrate Muslim achievers, for its fairness and clarity of judgement, adding that, “Nobody can fault the choice of Dr. Pantami as the winner, in view of his outstanding achievements since he became the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.”
Prof Akintola, who was among the top 5 Nigerian Muslim Personalities of the Year 2019 said in the year 2020 alone, the minister came up with the 112 toll-free number, the virtual federal executive council meeting and the National Identity Number (NIN) which is a mobile application which links NIN to the individual SIM cards.
“Pantami also proved himself as a minister with vision when a few weeks ago he solved the NIN registration headache by asking network providers to register subscribers for the NIN. Pantami comes across as a minister with far-reaching vision and an Islamic scholar with a huge difference. No wonder, therefore, that the organisers found him worthy of the prestigious award,” it concluded.
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