Civil Society Forum Of Nigeria has condemned clamours by sections of the society that the presidency should sack the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
The Group while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, described such calls as an attempt to derail President Muhammadu Buhari‘s government from addressing insecurity challenges in the country, including curbing anti-social vices.
Recall that Pantami has been facing criticism from some section of Nigerians over remarks he made in the past which supported activities of Al-Qaeda and Taliban Islamic terrorist sects.
Although Pantami has since denounced the statements credited to him as being made under youthful exuberance, Head of the Coalition, Olayinka Dada, said the allegations are figments of the imagination of desperate interlopers whose fears might not be unconnected with reforms being introduced by the Communications Minister.
He said, “The Honourable Minister is been attacked for the genuine reforms being championed by him in the fight against insecurity with the NIN initiative linking citizens phone numbers capable of identifying major criminals and their sponsors.
“Both as a private and public citizen the honourable minister had displayed rare patriotism in ensuring the correctness and accuracy of the most important data which confirms who a Nigerian citizen is. Going further, the compulsory NIN registration is capable of identifying
economic looters, political brigands, bandits, insurgents, kidnappers, internet
fraudsters and all criminals alike.
“This initiative is been rejected by elements who are in the business of profiting through crimes against the nation. The huge cry about #Pantami Must Go is an attempt to derail President Muhammad Buhari’s government from resolving the insecurity problems of social vices.
“The Civil Society Forum haven seen through the plots wish to say that any attempt by anybody, group or organizations at removing Sheik Pantami through the backdoor is a well-orchestrated agenda at festering insecurity, corruption and as concerned Nigerians, we insist that nothing must be allowed to derail the well-focused plan of putting Nigerians on a database that can detect who we all are and what we claim to be.
“We urge President Buhari to resist the unholy media trial against Sheik Pantami,” he added.

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