#PantamiResign: Pantami should step down as Minister - Moghalu

Pantami should "never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office," Moghalu said
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Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister Of Communication and Digital Economy

Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate, has supported calls for Isa Pantami, the troubled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to resign over his past support for terrorist groups.

The Presidency defended the embattled Minister, claiming that he made enemies because he wanted to put Nigeria first and implemented plans and policies that would benefit the general public.

Pantami should "never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office," Moghalu said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

Moghalu said the presidency had double standards because former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun was forced to resign due to a past wrongdoing.

“I have refrained so far from commenting on the #Pantami controversy. From information available: anyone can a mistake, and has the right to recant from it.

“But when the evidence shows that a serving minister of Nigeria has expressed open support for global terrorist groups, he should never have scaled the vetting process and been approved for that office

“The implication of the timing of Pantami’s recanting of his views now is that he has been serving as a minister while presumably still harboring those views. His disagreement with Boko Haram does not absolve him of, at the very least moral culpability for supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

“For this reason, Pantami should not continue to serve as a Minister. For him to remain in his position, and for presidency to support this, is to tell Nigerians that we have two sets of standards from the very same government, one for the likes of former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun who had to resign for a wrongdoing in her past and another for Pantami.

“This position of presidency undermines public accountability, as well as Nigeria’s struggle against terrorism.”

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