Wike: No reasonable government will retain Pantami in its cabinet
NEWSMAN, Port Harcourt – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami should resign from office, irrespective of his recent volte-face on his previous support for extremist groups.
Governor Wike noted that in an ideal society, an allegation that the United States of America has placed a serving minister on its watch list as regards to terrorism, should shake any government into action.
He stated this during an interview with the African Independent Television (AIT) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday.
He said if it was really where a government is working, “if an American government says your minister is on a watch list, it calls for concern for you say look there is a problem.
“The moment a high government official is on a watch list as to regards to terrorism, no government can fold its hands and allow it.
“I don’t understand why a reasonable government will allow such a person to be in the cabinet.”
He noted the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government had been known for its proclivity to shield persons of questionable characters, even when the country’s secret service presents overwhelming evidence against such individuals.
“But when DSS wrote a report against former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, what happened? I have never seen a country where the secret service wrote a report about Mr. President’s nominee, questioning his character and qualification for appointment.”
Governor Wike also took a swipe on the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for not taking disciplinary action against former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who recently claimed that he conspired with others to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election.