The Presidency Thursday expressed concern over the growing media bashing of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami over comments he made in the 2000s about terrorist group.
A statement issued by the call for the removal of the minister on the basis of the comments he made in the past was uncalled for.
The statement said those calling for the minister’s sack would profit should he be stopped from making decisions that improve the lives of everyday Nigerians.
““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,” the statement said.