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FEC didn’t discuss Pantami’s controversy, says Lai Mohammed

The weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting closed, on Wednesday, without discussing the controversies trailing the continued stay in office of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami.

Various groups had in the last few days called for Pantami’s sack or resignation over comments believed he made concerning the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Islamic groups.

The raging controversy around Pantami was over his alleged past positions on activities of extremist groups, Al-Qaeda and Taliban, which he was reported to have approved and commended.

However, State House Correspondents asked Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, if the FEC discussed the brewing crisis on Pantami’s case, especially as demands had been made by the public.

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Mohammed had led the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN to the State House media gallery for the post-FEC briefing.

Mohammed was asked whether the Council discussed the matter and if the government was comfortable with its burden on its image.

Mohammed said, “I’m not going to go into the issue of whether government is comfortable or not. I will answer your question directly. It was not discussed at the council meeting.”