The Presidency has declared its support for the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
There have been requires Pantami to resign due to his previous statements and actions displaying his support for Islamic extremist views.
The presidency described the decision for Pantami’s resignation as an orchestrated try to “cancel” him.
In an announcement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency alleged that the recent calls for the sack or resignation of the minister is being sponsored by the opposition and some unnamed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies.
In keeping with the assertion, Pantami made enemies as a result of he tried to place Nigeria first and had initiated plans and policies that might revenue the public.
It acknowledged that the feedback made by Pantami had been incorrect and in dangerous style however stated the minister had repented from the views and likewise apologised, including that they had been youthful errors.
The statement reads: “Right now, there’s an unlucky fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, faith, and civil society liable within the current for each statement they’ve ever made up to now – regardless of how way back, and even after they’ve later rejected them.
“This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the premise of a factor they’ve stated, no matter after they stated it.
“The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is, at present, subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those that search his elimination.
They don’t actually care what he could or could not have stated some 20 years in the past: that’s merely the instrument they’re utilizing to aim to “cancel” him. However they’ll profit should he be stopped from making decisions that enhance the lives of everyday Nigerians.
“The Minister has, rightly, apologized for what he stated within the early 2000s. The views had been completely unacceptable then, and can be equally unacceptable right now, had been he to repeat them. However he won’t repeat them.