Pantami saga exposes Buhari’s hypocrisy, says ex-Ekiti governor, Fayose

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, has said that the recent row concerning Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami’s alleged ties with terrorism has exposed the hypocrisy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Many Nigerians and pressure groups have urged Buhari to sack Pantami over the minister’s past comments showing pro-terrorism sentiments.

However, the presidency through Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the government stands by the minister.

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Fayose has now said in a statement on Sunday that the controversy over Pantami had further exposed the government’s hypocrisy.

He said, “The present situation of Nigeria, where the presidency has become the employer and defender of Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits is so appalling.

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“The issue of Isa Pantami has further exposed the government’s hypocrisy and complicity. So saddening and worrisome that spokesmen of the president were the ones going from one media house to another to defend someone who openly supported terrorists.

“It is funny that today if those running the affairs of the country are not telling us that armed bandits must be seen as innocent until proven guilty, they will be saying offence of forgery is more grievous than open declaration of support for terrorists.

“Because of their inability to take decisive actions against these terrorists that they appear to have sympathy for, Nigeria is no longer safe for anyone to live in.

“Our roads have been taking over by terrorists while Nigerians, including traditional rulers are now being abducted right inside their bedrooms.

“It is, therefore, my counsel to Nigerians that they should stay in their domains at this period and avoid travelling around the country. Those staying in isolated areas should also endeavour to move to where there are more people.

“It is my prayer that God will restore peace and normalcy to our country.”