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Alleged Terrorism: Presidency Under Fire Over Comment On Adeosun, Pantami



Alleged Terrorism: Presidency Under Fire Over Comment On Adeosun, Pantami

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu has been under fire after he compared the certificate forgery of former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to the terrorism scandal of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Friday, Shehu defended the reason the presidency let Adeosun go but was quick to defend Pantami.

The presidential spokesman noted that the certificate forgery by Adeosun is more of a crime than the past extremist views of Pantami.

He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s response “would have been different” if Pantami had forged his certificate as Adeosun did.

Shehu said Pantami’s case only involved people probing his thoughts during the said lectures.

“In the second case which is that of Pantami, you are probing the thoughts, what is called ‘McCarthyism’; you search the inner recesses of the minds of individuals, bring out things they have said, or they are about to say, or you think they would say, and use that against them,” he said.

“If Pantami had forged certificate before coming into office, the attitude would have been different.

“We don’t remain in the same position. Don’t assume that things cannot change. If the one who created you gives it to you that from being bad, you can become good, what says you should deny some other persons this right?”

Shehu dismissed claims that the president’s support for Pantami suggests how the current administration tolerates violent religious extremism.

He said, instead, that those making such claims are “the problems of the society” for their unwillingness to forgive Pantami.

“Those people who stand in criticism of a man who has said he had wronged and society, he has apologised and changed, and they are not willing to forgive him to move on, they are the ones who are the problem. They are the ones who are deeply intolerant,” he said.

However, many Nigerians have taken to their social media page to express their displeasure over the comment made by the presidential aide concerning the Pantami controversy.

See some of the reactions below:

Source: Naija News

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.