Buba Galadima, former national secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), has berated the Federal Government over its decision to support by embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
Pantami, a known Islamic cleric, has been under fire following sermons he delivered in the past in which he expressed sympathy for terror groups.
Some documents released on Thursday also accused the minister of being part of a plot to assassinate late Kaduna State governor, Ibrahim Yakowa.
Galadima, who appeared on Arise News programme on Friday, said Pantami should face the consequences of his action.
He also described the issue as “a clear example of opportunist Nigerians who speak to the gallery just because they wanted to get into a position”.
“It is opportunism for these clergymen on all sides to play to the gallery because they want to draw attention. He did that at a certain period, and now he’s reaping the fruit of it because he has been recognised and given an appointment. Now that his past was bad, it is important that he faces his own music”, he said.
He continued: “Pantami has already admitted his crime. So, there is no need even to investigate anything because he has already admitted, he has apologised. Whether the apology is good enough to exonerate him, that I wouldn’t know”.
While faulting the federal government’s decision to stand behind behind the minister on claims that he had apologised, Galadima said convicted criminals, including politicians who have shown remorse should be freed from jail.
“If anybody commits an offence, apologises and is set free, then let the federal government today release Jolly Nyame and Chief Dariye of Plateau State. They have been jailed despite having remorse in court. Why can’t the federal government release them? Or those that are being interrogated for theft, they should be let off the hook if they apologise,” he stated.