- Governor Nyesom Wike has opened up on his take concerning the call for Pantami to be sacked
- Wike on Tuesday, April 20, said the best decision for the minister at this time is to resign honourably
- The governor added that Pantami's remarks in the past have brought about a lot of serious insecurity issues
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The governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, has given his opinion on the calls for the immediate sack of Isa Pantami, the embattled minister of communications and digital economy over allegations linking him to Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.
Speaking in an interview with AIT TV monitored by Legit.ng on Tuesday, April 20, Governor Wike alleged that whatever it was that Pantami said or did in the past has germinated into serious problems in the country.
In the interview, the Rivers governor said:
"Whether as a teenager or not, the seed he sowed that time, what has happened now? It has germinated into people killing people.
"So it's not a question of whether you're a teenager...it is not excusable...it is not excusable at all.
"That argument of being a teenager is neither here nor there..."
The governor blamed what he called power-play in the screening of ministers by the National Assembly on the appointment of some public servants with questionable histories.
Wike noted that in other societies, Pantami should not have been appointed into his present office, adding that the minister should resign in his best interest.
Recall that according to a press statement released by the People Democratic Party (PDP)'s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Sunday, April 18, the opposition noted that the recent allegations surrounding Pantami were too sensitive to be taken for granted.
Ologbodiyan mentioned one of the claims to be that the minister had been accused of allowing aliens to take part in the National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment, thereby compromising the exercise and its goals.
Added to this, the PDP spokesman said that the alleged and rumoured link between the embattled minister and terrorist insurgents was a recipe for serious concern.