As controversy continues to trail Preidency’s support for embattled Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, over his past views on terrorist groups, former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, has backed the call for the sack of the minister.
Some Nigerians on social media have called for the minister’s sack after his past stance on terrorist groups became public.
Pantami recanted his past views on Al-Qaeda and Taliban, saying his position at the time was based on his understanding as a teenager.
Despite calls for his sack, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the Buhari administration stands by the minister, alleging that information and communications technology (ICT) companies are behind calls for his removal.
But in a series of tweet on Saturday, Moghalu said Pantami should “never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office.”
The former presidential candidate said the presidency exhibited double standards as Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun 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,” Moghalu said.