- Former House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, has shared his view on the Pantami saga
- Dogara said the Senate has to do more due diligence in future screenings, saying something was amiss with Pantami's screening
- The APC chieftain also said Nigerians have to be careful with whatever they do and always put the country first
Yakubu Dogara, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, says the Senate has to be more careful in the future when screening presidential nominees.
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Bauchi state said this in reaction to the outcry over how the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, was screened despite his pro-terrorist views, which he later renounced, The Nation reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Dogara spoke in Owo, Ondo state, at the weekend when he attended the 10th convocation ceremony of the Achievers Univeŕsity.
The former Speaker said there was something missing during the screening of Pantami.
He added that the lesson from the Pantami saga was for everybody to always put the country first.
“It appears something was missing. I don’t know what was the missing link but certainly, something was missing. In the future, they (Senate) will be more careful and thorough in the process of screening nominees."
Dogara also said Nigerians should examine what they do, whether young or old, to avoid future regrets.
“I think to a larger society, it’s a call on us to examine what we do, whether we’re young or old, it’s important we always put this country first and be careful of what we do, so that later in life we don’t turn to regret what we’ve done as young people.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency has finally reacted to the allegations that Pantami made statements in the past supporting terrorist groups.
The presidency's reaction was contained in series of tweets by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
In the statement, the presidency defended the embattled minister by aligning with the submission of Pantami that he was young when he made those statements.