It has been revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will not fire Communications Minister, Isa Ali Pantami over his controversial comments about Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.
This was disclosed hours after the presidency attacked critics of the Buhari administration and those calling for the resignation of Pantami.
As per the source, even if Pantami decides to resign, the Nigerian leader will not allow him to go, Daily Post writes.
“The President will not sack Pantami, I can tell you this. The reason for his position is that he strongly believes any attack on his appointee is an attack on him.
“He is not someone who will remove someone because people are making such demands. Look back since he assumed office, how many people has he removed on the grounds of allegations?
“Once he agrees to work with you, that’s it. He won’t say due to any protest or campaign, the minister should pack his bags and leave the government.”
He said all the presidency believes the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration was under ‘sponsored attacks’.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, hailed Pantami on ICT start-up centres to boost youth entrepreneurship and create jobs; policy to ensure locally produced ICT content is used by ministries, and deregistration of 9.2 million SIMs.
He said under Pantami, the ICT sector contribution to the GDP was more than 18 percent, giving Nigeria the boost as the nation recovers from the COVID 19-induced recession.
Nigerians however have ramped up the clamour for the minister’s resignation, with the hashtag #PantamiResignNow.
Some activists on Twitter have started tagging the United Nations to give more impetus to the campaign.