- The minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has been in the news for alleged controversial comments on the activities of terrorists
- Now Pantami appears to be pushing back against what he calls a conspiracy against him
- The minister has insisted that the plot against him will fail
Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has alleged that forces have a well-coordinated and richly funded campaign against him.
Pantami in a statement on Monday, April 26, by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, said there is a plot by some unnamed persons to release doctored videos against him.
According to Daily Trust, the minister’s aide claimed the plot involves falsifying videos in a way that purports to show Pantami in an allegedly compromising position.
“We are in receipt of credible intelligence that the same forces, who have been championing a well-coordinated and richly funded campaign against Pantami, are now unto the next stage of their diabolic project.
“This time round, the forces of evil are shopping for willing partners as well as their usual avenues to release doctored videos purporting to show the minister in an alleged compromising condition as a way of creating injury on his image.''
The Punch reported that the minister further stated that he would not allow his reputation to be dented by paid agents.
He warned that he would take action against the perpetrators behind the plot to malign him.
Meanwhile, a prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has told Nigerians not to push for the removal of Isa Pantami as a minister in the current administration.
Gumi issued the warning while defending Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy.
The controversial cleric said Nigerians will regret it if the minister is removed from office.
In another report, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has described Isa Pantami as a man of peace and integrity.
In a statement issued by Salisu Shehu, deputy secretary-general of NSCIA, the Islamic group said those calling for the minister to be sanctioned were doing so out for mischief.