- More groups are still declaring support for the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, in Abuja
- One of such groups is a group that calls itself the Forum of Christian Bishops and Clergy Council
- The group declared support for the embattled minister and hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for backing him
A group, Forum of Christian Bishops and Clergy Council, on Tuesday, April 27 held a solidarity rally in support of the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, in Abuja.
The group also threw its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari on his stance on the allegations against the minister.
The Forum said those behind the allegations were cabals affected by reforms championed by the minister in the Nigerian telecoms and ICT sector.
The clerics who were carrying placards with various inscriptions declared support for what they described as President Buhari’s determination to keep the country united.
Speaking at the rally, the leader of the group, Bishop Abel King was quoted by Daily Nigerian as saying:
“Mr. President through his decision to put the country first has demonstrated the will to keep us united and not to be swayed by sentiments and outright blackmail.
“We feel that this country should rise above sentiments if we must achieve the unity, peace, and development we seek as a people.
“The idea of giving every national conversation a political and religious colouration must be discouraged at all cost.”
The group further cautioned against inflammatory statements that are capable of raising tensions among the masses.
Similarly, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, Nigeria's foremost Islamic group under the leadership of Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto has lamented over what it calls the smear campaign against Pantami.
The JNI said the calls for Pantami's sack or resignation have degenerated into wild allegations and orchestrated lies.
The JNI's position was contained in a statement seen by Legit.ng and issued on Friday, April 23 by Sheikh Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, secretary-general of the organisation.
In a related development, the Coalition of North East Groups has declared that those against Pantami are enemies of northern Nigeria.
The group also accused the Nigerian media of bias in its reportage of the travails of the embattled minister.
In a statement by its northeast zonal coordinator and northeast zonal secretary, Abubakar Modire and Shuaibu Gidado, the group alleged that no stone is being left unturned to sustain what it called a campaign of calumny against the minister.