People Are Reporting Killings As If It Had Never Happened Before — Presidency Blast Nigerians
Garba Shehu clarified that assassinations have been going on for a long time, and President Buhari appears to be a priority based on current reports.
Many who “stand in condemnation of the minister are not ready to forgive him,” the spokesman said on Channels’ Politics Today, answering questions about the continuing controversy surrounding the embattled Communications Minister, Isa Pantami.
Garba Shehu, in response to a comparison of Pantami’s case to the alleged forgery that engulfed former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, said the two cases are distinct and that the latter was more serious than Pantami’s terrorism charge.
Following Pantami’s support in the wake of terrorism remarks, the Presidency has been slammed, with the minister claiming that his comments were made in mistake and that he is now more experienced and knows better.
“The Administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian people to ensure they receive fair care, fair rates, and fair security in ICT services,” Garba Shehu said in a statement.
The Presidency cited an unfortunate trend in public debate that holds leaders in politics, faith, and civil society accountable in the present for any argument they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago they made it or how many times they have rejected it.
“This sinister phenomenon aims to terminate the careers of others based on what they have written, regardless of when they said it,” the statement continued.
“Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, is currently the target of a ‘cancel campaign’ launched by those seeking his removal. They don’t give a damn about what he may or may not have said 20 years ago; that’s just the tool they’re using to “cancel” him. They will benefit, however, if he is prevented from making decisions that will better the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
“The Minister has apologised for what he said in the early 2000s, which is commendable. His opinions were unacceptably radical at the time, and they would be just as unacceptably radical today if he repeated them. He will not repeat them, however, because he has officially and permanently denounced his previous statements as false.
“The Minister was a young man in his twenties in the 2000s; he will be 50 next year. People and their views change over time, and this is mostly for the better. But astute Nigerians recognize, this fabricated controversy has nothing to do with the Minister’s previous statements, but rather with his current conduct.
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