- More calls are being made for the sack of Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy
- One of those who recently made the call is a former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu
- In his view, Moghalu stated that based on his past comments, though renounced, Pantami is not supposed to remain a minister
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Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate, has lent his voice to calls for Isa Pantami's immediate sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Moghalu who via his Twitter handle on Friday, April 23, stated that he has been avoiding the growing controversy surrounding the minister, insisted that his recent denouncement of support for terrorist groups does not absolve him of guilt.
"I have refrained so far from commenting on the #Pantami controversy. From the information available, anyone can a mistake, and has the right to recant from it.
"But when the evidence shows that a serving minister of Nigeria has expressed open support for global terrorist groups..."
The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) added that in any case, Pantami was and is still a minister at the time he recanted his earlier view, implying that he had on to his believes while in office.
He went on to say that the former Islamic cleric should not have scaled through the screening processes prior to the confirmation of his appointment.
"...he should never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office. The implication of the timing of Pantami's recanting of his views now is that he has been serving as a minister while presumably still harboring those views.
"His disagreement with Boko Haram does not absolve him of, at tje very least moral culpability for supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. For this reason, Pantami should not continue to serve as a minister."
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Recall that Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, had made a distinction between the claims against Isa Pantami and Kemi Adeosun, a former minister of finance.
Shehu on Friday, April 23, explained that if Pantami had issues with certificate forgery, the same crime Adeosun was accused of, the presidency would have taken a different position on him.