- Nigerians have been warned against removing Isa Pantami as a minister in the current administration
- In fact, popular cleric, Ahmad Gumi said the country will regret it if the minister is removed
- Recall that many Nigerians have been calling for the removal of Pantami because of his past views on insurgency
A strong warning has been issued to Nigerians. The warning is from no other person than prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi.
Gumi issued the warning while defending Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, The Cable reports.
The controversial cleric said Nigerians will regret it if the minister is removed from office, Sahara Reporters added.
Recall that many Nigerians have been calling for the minister's resignation, including a member of Nigeria's House of Representatives.
Pantami's problem started after videos from the 2000s resurfaced wherein the minister was seen supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
In defending him, Gumi said:
“And you people are fighting them. No. You should get more people like Pantami and put them in power. It will stabilise. Don’t remove him. You’ll regret.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the refusal of Pantami to resign had been condemned by a social critic, Dayo Williams.
Williams who spoke with Legit.ng argued that if the minister happened to be an American or European, he would have resigned immediately without anyone asking him to do such.
According to Williams, when things like this occur in western countries, such a person would apologise before tendering his resignation. He said such is not the case in Nigeria where there are always ready-made people who are ready to defend any manner of actions with different narratives.
Legit.ng also reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, through one of his media aides Garba Shehu, on Thursday, April 22, gave a crucial response to the widespread call among Nigerians for the sack of Isa Pantami the minister of communications and digital economy.
The presidency's unflinching position is that President Buhari is not considering the removal of Pantami from office as requested by many sections of the Nigerian populace.
In fact, the president has made a statement of defence for the minister, explaining why he should retain his seat.