21st February, 2021





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, 21st February, 2021.



In the meantime, the Nigerian Islamic human rights organization has congratulated the minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for the award. MURIC’s congratulatory message was issued on Sunday, 21st February, 2021 and signed by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


“We congratulate Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on his emergence as the winner of the keenly contested Muslim Personality of the Year 2020. 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.



“We give kudos to the organisers of the award for its fairness and clarity of judgement. 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.



“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. 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.”



Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


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