Fadar Shugaban kasa ta bayyana cewa, tana tare da Ministan Sadarwa da Tattalin Arzikin Zamani, Sheikh Isa Ali Pantami kan kiraye-kirayen da ake na cewa a saukeshi.
Hakan ya fito ne daga bakin kakakin Shugaban kasa, Malam Garba Shehu inda yace sun amince da jawabin da Pantami yayi na cewa lokacin yana karamin yaro ne yayi waccan magana kuma tuni ya canja matsayi.
Garba Shehu yace maganar da ake ta Pantami ya sauka ba aka abinda ya fada a baya bane, game da aikinsa na yanzu da yake ne.
Yace Kuma Pantami ba zai sake maimaita waccan magana ba.
“Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them.
“This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it.
“The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is, currently, subject to a ‘cancel campaign’ instigated by those who seek his removal.
“They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they are using to attempt to ‘cancel’ him. But they will profit should he be stopped from making decisions that improve the lives of everyday Nigerians.
“The Minister has, rightly, apologised for what he said in the early 2000s. The views were absolutely unacceptable then, and would be equally unacceptable today, were he to repeat them. But he will not repeat them – for he has publicly and permanently condemned his earlier utterances as wrong.
“In the 2000s, the Minister was a man in his twenties; next year he will be 50. Time has passed, and people and their opinions – often rightly – change.
“But all discerning Nigerians know this manufactured dispute is nothing to do with the Minister’s prior words, but solely concern his actions in the present.
“The administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian citizens to ensure they receive fair treatment, fair prices, and fair protection in ICT services.”