The minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has come under fire for controversial comments he made – Nigerians have called for the minister to resign or be sacked. However, the presidency has, defended Pantami.
The Nigerian presidency has finally reacted to the allegations that the minister of communication and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, made statements in the past supporting terrorists groups. The presidency’s reaction was contained in series of tweets by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Shehu in his statement on Thursday, April 22, defended the embattled minister by aligning with the submission of Pantami that he was young when he made those statements.
According to the presidential spokesman, Pantami is currently subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those who seek his removal as minister. He went on to note that time has passed, and the minister’s opinion has since changed. While throwing its weight behind the embattled minister, the presidency shared Pantami’s achievements in the current administration.
This development is coming hours after the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, avoided a question on whether the federal government feels comfortable with Pantami’s continued presence in the cabinet. Statehouse correspondents questioned Mohammed on the council’s disposition towards increasing calls for Pantami’s removal
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