- The minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has come under scrutiny over alleged past controversial comments
- Some Nigerians have questioned why the minister continues to hold a government position
- The federal government did not disclose whether it is comfortable or not about Pantami's stay in office
The federal government has for the first time reacted to the allegations that the minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, made statements in the past which supported extremist groups.
The government’s reaction was contained in statements made by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, after a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, April 21.
The Punch reported that state house correspondents questioned Mohammed on the council’s disposition towards increasing calls for Pantami’s removal.
He, however, avoided a question on whether the federal government feels comfortable with Pantami’s continued presence in the cabinet.
“I am not going to go into the issue of whether government is comfortable or not.
“I will answer your question directly. It (Pantami’s issue) was not discussed at the council meeting.”
Channels TV reported despite calls for his removal, Isa Pantami was in attendance at the FEC meeting.
The Pantami controversy has generated debates on social media platforms with many Nigerians calling for his removal and others defending the minister who is also an Islamic cleric.
Meanwhile, a civil society group, Concerned Nigerians, on Monday, April 19 urged the Department of State Security (DSS) to recommend the sacking of Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The convener of the group, Prince Deji Adeyanju, said this in a letter addressed to the director-general of the DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, in Abuja.
A copy of the letter acknowledged by the DSS was also shared by the group on its Twitter page.
Speaking during a press conference at the Baptist International Conference Centre on Tuesday, April 20, Reverend Ayokunle prompted security agencies to act on the matter.