- The House of Representatives have approached officials of the US to get Dr. Isa Pantami out
- The decision comes more than a week after the lower chamber agreed to hear a motion calling for the resignation of Pantami
- The embattled minister had sparked outrage after his past comments expressing his solidarity with terror groups
Following the controversy surrounding Dr. Isa Pantami, members of the House of Representatives are in talks with United States officials to get the embattled minister of communications and digital economy out.
Recall that the House of Representatives said it will hear the motion of Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu who had earlier called for the resignation of the minister.
This was made known by Sergius Ogun, a member of the lower legislative chamber in an interview with Vanguard at the weekend.
The lawmaker in response to a question on the seeming division in the House on the matter said the minister should resign.
He explained that the House approached the US for help, saying whatever they offer would be accepted
According to Ogun, adding that there's a possibility Pantami would not stay beyond the end of this year.
"Now we are approaching America for help, will America tolerate such things, they will give you terms if they are going to come here. Right now we don’t have to power to dictate, anything they throw at us we will accept, so for me if he doesn’t go today he will go tomorrow."
Legit.ng had asked some commentators how they viewed the presidency defending the minister of communications and digital economy.
A commentator, Gbubemi Atimomo, told Legit.ng that it was quite disappointing to discover that the federal government, without even a show of an investigation, provided overwhelming support for Pantami after evidence of his previous support for known terrorists had been uncovered.
The HR consultant is of the opinion that the ongoing controversy is a slap in the face of Nigerians and potentially casts doubts in the mind of citizens about the government's sincerity in fighting terrorists.
"For the president's spokesperson to confirm that the minister's views at the time were "absolutely unacceptable then, and would be equally unacceptable today, were he to repeat them”, he should know that those views, expressed at that time, had consequences and that alone is adequate reason to initiate an investigation into the matter, at the very best, to objectively absolve the minister of any wrongdoing."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has distanced itself from the debate surrounding the alleged past comments made by Pantami.
the forum stated that it is not responsible for the personal views expressed by the minister of communication technology and the digital economy.
The governors in a statement noted that the minister has provided his response to the issue which does not need validation or denial from them.