See what the Senate Has To Say about the Patami case
The senate speaker on media, Senator Ajibola Basiru has said since the beginning of the period Minister of digital economy and communication, Isa Patami made the news there’s no concrete evidence against Isa Patami’s and ties to terrorism.
The Minister has been in the news since the audio clips of his alleged support for terrorism in the past surfaced on social media recently.
Many concerned Nigerians and religious organisations have demanded his immediate resignation from the cabinet of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
Many Nigerians have called the senate to attention for not doing a proper and thorough screening on Patami before his appointment was confirmed by the red chamber.
Speaking in Abuja on Saturday, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, said the upper chamber should not be blamed for clearing Pantami for appointment.
He said apart from the fact that it did not receive any petition against the embattled minister, there was no security report that indicted him as at the time of his screening.
He nevertheless said the current controversy around the minister does not constitute any grounds for his sacking which only Buhari had the exclusive power to do.
“There is no way we could act based on social media reports. It is only the President who could decide to appoint and remove ministers. As far as we are concerned, we only hear people talk about the issue we don’t have any fact about the so-called allegation. We don’t have any fact, we did our job based on facts available to us.’’He said.
He also dismissed the call on Buhari to sack Pantami based on moral grounds saying that controversy was a normal thing in politics.
He said, “All over the World, controversy is part of political existence. There is a difference between legality and political consideration which is not in the purview of the National Assembly.
“He was screened publicly and there was no objection. The exercise was aired live on the national television stations. The Constitution stipulates requirements to be a Minister and he hasn’t run foul of any as far as we are concerned.”
Source: The Punch Newspaper