Connect with us

News

BREAKING: Buhari Will Not Sack Pantami – Garba Shehu Responds Nigerians

Published

on

BREAKING: Buhari Will Not Sack Pantami - Garba Shehu Responds Nigerians

The Senior Special Adviser on Media, Garba Shehu, to the President Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the call for the sack of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Sheikh Isa Pantami, following his alleged support to world terrorist groups, including Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Boko-Haram.

 

Recall that the Minister Isa Pantami, who unknown to many Nigerians was a Sheikh, before his current call for sack, had denied having made any statement in support for terrorist groups, until evidences emerged on social media.

 

Sheikh Isa Pantami, following the emergence of evidences on social media, stated that the statement he made supporting Taliban, Al-Quaeda and Boko-Haram, was made when he was in the university, stating that he has denounced them.

 

However, Nigerians who are calling for his sack or resignation, including members of the Federal House of Representatives, said it was unlikely for the minister to have denounced such support, alleging that the country data base which the minister manages will make Nigerians to be at the mercy of terrorist organizations.

 

Reacting to the growing call for the minster’s resignation or sack by the President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, in a statement titled : ‘Statement by the Presidency on recent campaign against the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,” said the minister Isa Pantami would not be sacked, neither will he resign.

 

The Senior Special Adviser on Media, Garba Shehu, said ; “Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them.

 

“This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it.

“The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is, currently, subject to a ‘cancel campaign’ instigated by those who seek his removal.

 

“They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they are using to attempt to ‘cancel’ him. But they will profit should he be stopped from making decisions that improve the lives of everyday Nigerians.

 

“The Minister has, rightly, apologised for what he said in the early 2000s. The views were absolutely unacceptable then, and would be equally unacceptable today, were he to repeat them. But he will not repeat them – for he has publicly and permanently condemned his earlier utterances as wrong.

 

“In the 2000s, the Minister was a man in his twenties; next year he will be 50. Time has passed, and people and their opinions – often rightly – change.

 

“But all discerning Nigerians know this manufactured dispute is nothing to do with the Minister’s prior words, but solely concern his actions in the present.

 

“The administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian citizens to ensure they receive fair treatment, fair prices, and fair protection in ICT services.”

 

He said the embattled minister has been leading the charge against illegal data deductions and pricing; he has revolutionised the government’s virtual public engagement to respond to COVID-19 and save taxpayers’ money; he has established ICT start-up centres to boost youth entrepreneurship and create jobs; he has changed policy to ensure locally produced ICT content is used by ministries, starting with his own; and he has deregistered some 9.2 million SIMs – ending the ability for criminals and terrorists to flagrantly use mobile networks undetected.

 

“In two short years, Minister Pantami has driven the contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP to more than 18 percent, making it one of the top two playing a critical role in the emergence of the economy from the COVID 19-induced recession.

 

“In putting people first, the minister and this administration have made enemies. There are those in the opposition who see success and want it halted by any means. And there is now well-reported information that alleges newspaper editors rebuffed an attempt to financially induce them to run a smear campaign against the minister by some ICT companies, many of which do indeed stand to lose financially through lower prices and greater consumer protections.

 

“The government is now investigating the veracity behind these claims of attempted inducement, and – should they be found to hold credence – police and judicial action must be expected,” Garba Shehu said.

 

Politics

PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

Published

on

PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.

 

The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.

 

The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.

 

Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.

 

“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.

 

“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.

 

“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.

 

The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”

 

He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

Continue Reading

News

IPOB’s Ikonso Killing: Embrace Dialogue Now – Ohanaeze Tells South-East Governors

Published

on

IPOB’s Ikonso Killing: Embrace dialogue now – Ohanaeze tells South-East Governors

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday, urged the South-East Governors to without further delay enter into negotiations with angry youths in the zone.

 

This is coming on the heels of heightened tensions in the region, with unknown gunmen wreaking havoc on a daily basis across the five States in the zone.

 

Recall that in the weekend killing of Ikonso Don, the commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN, has added to the tension in the zone, with the pro-Biafra group vowing to go all out for revenge.

 

In a statement made available to Daily Post, the Secretary-General of the Chidi-Ibeh led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said any delay in entering into a negotiation process with the youths would spell doom for the zone.

 

He said the rising insecurity in the zone was a product of age-long neglect of the youths by the political class, and unprovoked killing of agitators.

 

READ ALSO: People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before – Garba Shehu

 

He recalled that, “there have been instances where security agencies opened fire on Biafra agitators where they are holding their meetings and nothing was done about it. That is where the problem started and we must address it from there.

 

“We have two challenges- the killer herdsmen who have been ravaging the land and nothing serious was done to checkmate them. Secondly, the neglect of the youths while politicians lived in affluence.

 

“However, we must all know that whatever is happening is to our own disadvantage and the enemies are happy that the South-East is burning.

 

“The Federal Government has also not implemented the promises it made during the EndSARS, especially with regards to financial compensation of victims. We also did not see much from them in the form of palliatives during the COVID-19 lockdown, so the youths are angry.

 

“Now, talking about the South-East Governors meeting on Sunday, they still missed the point. The people at the centre of it all- the youths, were not in any way represented during the meeting.

 

“What we are saying is that everybody should rise up to the occasion; the governors are trying but what is happening is beyond them and we have to help them.”

 

“There should be town hall meetings; there should be interface, engagements with the youths, the youths are not happy with the system they found themselves in Nigeria.

 

“The governors are even setting up committees without the youths, without their representatives. We are calling on the governors and other stakeholders to reach out to the youths, they should give what belongs to the youths to them. There is danger ahead and that danger can be averted now. If they fail to do so, it will not augur well for our people,” he warned.

Continue Reading

News

EFCC Charges NGOs, CSOs On Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing

Published

on

EFCC Charges NGOs, CSOs On Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing

The Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has reminded Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, that they have critical roles to play, in curbing money laundering and terrorism financing in Nigeria.

 

EFCC Lagos Zonal Office, Ahmed Ghali, stated this on Monday at a seminar jointly organised by ECOWAS, the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA, AML/CFT Forum, Nigeria and NGOs/ CSOs Consortium in Ikeja, Lagos.

 

Delivering a paper entitled, “The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in Countering Terrorism Financing in Nigeria”, Ghali stressed the law will not spare any NGO/CSO that allows itself to be a tool for perpetrating money laundering or terrorism financing in Nigeria.

 

“The varied funding sources and the ability of NGOs and CSOs to process large amounts of cash to beneficiaries and regularly transmitting funds between jurisdictions make them prone to money laundering and financing of terrorism,” he said.

 

According to him, it is mandatory to report to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, any transaction through any formal financial channels in excess of $10,000 and any cash donations in excess of $1,000.

 

“Failure to do this is punishable by the law,” he said.

Continue Reading

Trending