- The controversy surrounding Nigeria’s minister of information and the digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami is still on
- A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Cletus Obun, says the minister should resign or he should be sacked
- Pantami has since recanted some of his pro-terrorist comments saying he was naive at the time
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Cletus Obun, has called for the sack or resignation of Nigeria’s minister of information and the digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.
Obun made the call on Monday, April 19 while speaking during a breakfast programme on the African Independent Television.
He stated that Dr Pantami should be sacked from his position if he is unwilling to resign in light of the revelations made about him.
He likened the issue to the resignation of former finance minister Kemi Adeosun, who vacated her office over forged National Youth Service Corps exemption certificates.
“Look at the issue of Pantami for example. What did Adeosun do? She didn't wait to be fired. She resigned.
“Pantami should resign, if he does not, you sack him! Not to give the impression that you tolerate and endure to give the government a bad name. Why should Pantami still be sitting down in office.”
Meanwhile, Vanguard reports that the embattled minister on the same day shunned the media from interviewing him on his alleged connection with some terrorist groups.
The minister, who spoke during a conference held in Abuja told journalists that he has no comment on the raging issue.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack Pantami.
According to a press statement released by the PDP's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Sunday, April 18, the opposition party noted that the recent allegations surrounding Pantami are too sensitive to be taken for granted.
In a related development, a civil society organisation, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative, has called on the international community to disregard the recent media reports linking Pantami to terrorism.
According to the group, the reports were fictitious, malicious, and an attempt to malign the minister.
The group's position was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, April 19, and signed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.
In a recent interview, Dr Pantami said allegations that he has links with extremists are lies.
According to him, the allegations are being spread by people who are unhappy that the government is linking National Identification Number with telephone SIMs.