#PantamiResign: Nigerians, not Isa Pantami, are the issue – Presidency

... they are not willing to forgive to move on

Mr Garba Shehu in suppoort of Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, has blasted critics' refusal to forgive him.

He argues that the refusal to forgive the minister for previous statements in favor of hate groups is more serious than the crime he committed.

During an appearance on Channels Television's Politics Today on Friday, the President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity made the remarks.

He said,
“I am saying to you that people who stand in criticism of this position of the man who said he had wronged himself, he had wronged the society, and has apologized that he has changed, and they are not willing to forgive to move on; they are the ones who are the problem.”

Pantami has been widely chastised by numerous individuals and organizations for previous statements in support of terrorist groups.

His alleged comments from several years ago have recently caused debate and controversy, with many calling for his resignation or removal from office by the President.

The minister has since apologized for his remarks and stated that he has changed, but that was not enough for those who demanded his resignation.

Rather than dismissing the minister as some have requested, the Presidency stated that it stands with Pantami and all Nigerians in ensuring fair care, fair rates, and fair security in the ICT sector.

Shehu defended the government's decision, stating that it was unfair for someone to refuse their fellow beings the opportunity to become better people.

“In all our lives, we change and transform … we don’t remain in the same position. The people just assume that he cannot change; if the One who created you gives it to you that from being bad, you can become good, what tells you to deny some other persons this right?” he questioned.

The President’s spokesman added,

“They are the ones who are deeply intolerant, and who are telling the world that in this country, we have the set of people who don’t forgive, who don’t want to move on; they are the problem of the society.”