- The Senate has reacted to reports that the upper chamber did not thoroughly screen Isa Pantami before his appointment
- Senate committee chairman on media and public affairs, said no security report indicted Pantami as at that period
- The chairman also declared that no one has presented the upper chamber with any concrete evidence against the embattled minister
The Nigerian Senate has declared that the upper chamber should not be blamed for clearing Dr. Isa Pantami for his appointment as the minister of communication and digital economy.
Basiru stated this is a reaction to Nigerians who blamed the red chamber for not doing a thorough screening on Pantami before his appointment was confirmed.
According to him, no security report indicted the minister as at the time of his screening.
The Senate committee chairman went on to note that no individual, group, or organisation has approached the upper legislative chamber with any concrete evidence that could warrant the sacking of the embattled minister.
Basiru also said the controversy surrounding the minister does not constitute any grounds for his removal as only President Muhammadu Buhari has the exclusive power to do so.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that 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.
The minister’s aide claimed the plot involves falsifying videos in a way that purports to show Pantami in an allegedly compromising position.
In a related development, prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has told Nigerians not to push for the removal of 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.