Call for resignation of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy that is afoot has been supported by former presidential aspirant, Kingsley Moghalu.
The Nigerian political economist made his position known via his Twitter page on Saturday.
Moghalu who dovetailed that Pantami should “never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office” also accused the presidency for showing double standards as Kemi Adeosun, former Minister of Finance, was made to resign for a wrongdoing in her past.
“I have refrained so far from commenting on the #Pantami controversy. From information available: anyone can make a mistake, and has the right to recant from it.
“But when the evidence shows that a serving minister of Nigeria has expressed open support for global terrorist groups, he should never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office.
“The implication of the timing of Pantami’s recanting of his views now is that he has been serving as a minister while presumably still harboring those views. His disagreement with Boko Haram does not absolve him of, at the very least moral culpability for supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
“For this reason, Pantami should not continue to serve as a Minister. For him to remain in his position, and for presidency to support this, is to tell Nigerians that we have two sets of standards from the very same government, one for the likes of former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun who had to resign for a wrongdoing in her past and another for Pantami.
“This position of presidency undermines public accountability, as well as Nigeria’s struggle against terrorism,” he said.
TOS News reported that the presidency stands with the minister. A statement credited to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the president, said Pantami made enemies because of what he said 20 years ago.