Members of the House of Representatives have deliberated on the calls for removing the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mallam Isa Pantami, over a report linking him to Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
During Wednesday’s plenary, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elimelu, moved a Point of Order asking for the outright resignation of the Minister.
The Minority Leader, Elimelu, raised the issue as a point of order citing a breach of his privilege, adding that Pantami occupies a susceptible position.
However, the House of Representatives shuts down the motion seeking the probe Pantami over the alleged link with terrorists, Al Qaeda and the statements credited to him some years ago.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has revealed that the calls for Pantami’s removal were not raised during the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.
Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting, ignored the question about whether the federal government is comfortable with the reports on Pantami.
EveryEvery.ng had reported that many Nigerians have called for Pantami’s removal over his pro-Taliban comments (read more here).
Meanwhile, the Minister had renounced his radical pro-terrorists comments, saying he now knows better, but despite this, Nigerians increasingly called for his removal or resignation.
The Peoples Democratic Party had called on the Department of State Services to immediately invite the Minister for questioning and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him.