- PDP leader Ayo Fayose has reacted to the support given to the minister of communication and digital economy by the presidency
- The former Ekiti governor insists that the presidency has become the employer and defender of Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits
- Fayose believes that the minister’s current issues have further exposed the federal government’s complicity
Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti state has berated the presidency after defending the minister of communication and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami amid calls for his removal from office.
Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu reacted to the allegations that Pantami, made statements in the past supporting terrorists groups.
Shehu in a statement on Thursday, April 22, defended the embattled minister by aligning with the submission of Pantami that he was young when he made those statements.
In his reaction, Fayose described the presidency as the employer and defender of Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits, adding that the present situation is so appalling.
The former governor made this known in a series of tweets via his official Twitter handle on Sunday, April 25.
He claimed that the controversy surrounding Pantami has further exposed the government’s complicity.
According to the former governor, it was saddening that President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokespersons have been the ones going from one media house to another to defend someone who openly supported terrorists.
Fayose, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said it's painful Nigeria is being governed by people who were at one time nominated as Boko Haram negotiators while their lieutenants are those who kicked against military action against the insurgents.
He added that those ruling Nigeria, particularly at the federal level, act as if the country is about the government and them, forgetting that it is about the country and the people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu made a distinction between the claims against 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.
The case of Adeosun came when President Buhari's aide was asked by Channels TV why the presidency was reportedly quick to let the former minister go but chose to defend Pantami.