The presidency has shown like scapula, supporting the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
In a statement issued by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, presidency declared its support for the communication minister, describing the ongoing call for his resignation as an orchestrated attempt to ‘cancel’ him.
According to the statement, Pantami made enemies because of what he said 20 years ago.
“Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them.
“This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is, currently, subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those who seek his removal. They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they are using to attempt to “cancel” him. But they will profit should he be stopped from making decisions that improve the lives of everyday Nigerians.
“The Minister has, rightly, apologized for what he said in the early 2000s. The views were absolutely unacceptable then, and would be equally unacceptable today, were he to repeat them. But he will not repeat them – for he has publicly and permanently condemned his earlier utterances as wrong.
“In the 2000s, the minister was a man in his twenties; he will be 50 next year. Time has passed, and people and their opinions – often rightly – change.
“But all discerning Nigerians know this manufactured dispute is nothing to do with the minister’s prior words, but solely concern his actions in the present.
TOS News reported that Nigerians have called for resignation of the minister over his alleged link with the Al-Queada and Taliban.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Ududi Elumelu and a host of others have called for resignation of the minister, saying Nigerians data is not safe with him.