- A northern group says Dr. Isa Pantami is being subjected to a campaign of calumny
- The group also declared that the minister of communications and digital economy has been maltreated by the media
- According to the group, those calling for the sack or resignation of the minister are enemies of northern Nigeria
The Coalition of North East Groups has declared that those against the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami are enemies of northern Nigeria.
The group also accused the Nigerian media of bias in its reportage of the travails of the embattled minister.
In a statement by its northeast zonal coordinator and northeast zonal secretary, Abubakar Modire and Shuaibu Gidado, the group alleged that no stone is being left unturned to sustain what it called a campaign of calumny against the minister.
The statement seen by Vanguard reads in part:
“This campaign, we have noted, is one that feeds on the back of the well-known anti-northern bias of a large section of the Nigerian media, which the north never made a habit of denouncing at every occasion.”
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the stance of the group via social media.
Galase Matthew Efe wrote on Facebook:
“The enemies of the north are within the north.”
Godwin Chukwuma wrote:
“You guys are using insecurity to play politics.”
Ifeanyi Chukwukelu asks:
“Is it not better this country is dissolved and every tribe go their separate ways. What really do we have in common?”
Moses Ayodele wrote:
“I believe these people are not normal, playing politics with human lives.”
Jaja Obi Nwafor wrote:
“This statement shows that the north has no greater enemy than the north itself. It's evidently clear to any discerning mind too that the war on terror has failed already, as a huge chunk of the Muslim population inwardly supports terrorism Jihad. The balkanization of this country is what's needed for the south to achieve its destiny.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives said it will hear the motion of Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu who had earlier called for the resignation of Pantami.
Spokesperson of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, April 23, said media reports suggesting that Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila blocked Elumelu’s motion demanding Pantami’s resignation was false.
Meanwhile, the presidency has defended Pantami, saying calls for his resignation are instigated by those who want him out of his position.
According to presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, Pantami is currently subject to a “cancel campaign.”