There are strong indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may start arresting people mostly Nigerians calling for the sack of the Federal Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
Pantami who have been under continued heavy media and public attack over his pro terrorism ideological statements was described by President Muhammadu Buhari in a press release issued yesterday on behalf of the Presidency that the minister has changed.
President Buhari in the statement threatened to arrest and prosecute anyone with credence that he or she has been financially induced by I.C.T companies.
President Muhammadu Buhari insisted that I.C.T companies are sponsoring smear campaign against the minister especially the I.C.T companies who lost profits as a result of Pantami decision that deregistered 9.2 million SIMs and thus ended the ability of criminals and terrorists to carry out criminal activities with the use of mobile network undetected.
OsazuwaAkonedo reports when terrorists find themselves in government, they initiate terror like administrative decision to inflict more destruction on the people.
Pantami and the Presidency could not state or prove that the Northern governors who paid money as ransom to bandits or terrorists for kidnapping citizens did not use mobile network to exchange conservation and the reasons why the terrorists were not traced and arrested with the use of mobile network.
OsazuwaAkonedo is not against registering of SIM card with NIN but taking advantage of it to carry out terrorist like attack on the people is evil.
Pantami late last year displayed character that shows that the entire Presidency is seemingly under the control of terrorists.
While President Muhammadu Buhari battled and insisted on social distancing and avoidance of crowded places due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Federal Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami considered the pandemic restriction period as the right time to gather almost all Nigerians together to ensure they register for NIN.
Pantami threatened to block all mobile network lines not link with NIN and the suspicious administrative decision forced many Nigerians to gather en mass in few NIN registration centres available then and N.C.D.C reports indicated that many more Nigerians contacted the corona virus obviously with the help of Isa Pantami.
In our opinion, for Isa Pantami to take advantage of his position as government official and issued administrative directive that forced people to gather during the corona virus pandemic period is to say the obvious; such is an act of terrorism.
We see it as a calculated attempt to reduce the number of Nigeria population by obviously exposing their lives to danger under the guise of tracking criminals who governments know where they stay, and where to pay them ransom as demonstrated by some Northern governors.
Pantami in our opinion has acted more as a terror to Nigeria economy in contradiction to the offensive utterances credited to the Presidency.
Nigerians now pay very high cost for data subscription.
Many Mobil network users who do spend between one thousand to 2 thousand naira on monthly data subscription now spend between 5 thousand to 10 thousand on monthly basis.
Some mobile network service providers could not fix and build more telecom masts in some locations in Nigeria obviously due to bad economy and suspicious unfavourable administrative decision which in extension have made many businesses to suffer losses due to poor network or communication gap.
We are convinced Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has not changed.
His administrative style is suspicious and pro terror in actual sense.
Excerpts of the Presidency press release read: STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENCY ON RECENT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY
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, apologized 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.
This Administration is committed to improving the lives of all Nigerians – and that includes ensuring they are not over-charged or under-protected for those services on which modern life depends.
The Minister has been leading the charge against illegal data deductions and pricing; he has revolutionized the government’s virtual public engagement to respond to COVID-19 and save taxpayers’ money; he has established I.C.T start-up centres to boost youth entrepreneurship and create jobs; he has changed policy to ensure locally produced I.C.T 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.
The Administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian citizens to ensure they receive fair treatment, fair prices, and fair protection in ICT services.
@views exclusive right: Garba Shehu,
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,
April 22, 2021.