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Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by SATANICALLY666: 7:44am On May 02
The Senate has declared that nobody, group or organisation has approached the upper chamber of the National Assembly with any concrete evidence that could warrant the sacking of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

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).

Some Nigerians have also blamed the Senate for not doing a thorough screening on Pantami before his appointment was confirmed by the red chamber.

But speaking with Sunday PUNCH in Abuja on Saturday, the Chairman, 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 of the time of his screening.

Basiru added that no petition had been sent to the Senate, detailing specific allegations against Pantami, since the matter came to the limelight penultimate week.

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.

Basiru said, “To start with, there is nothing that disqualified him from contesting an election based on the constitution of Nigeria.

“The Senate can only act based on the information at its disposal as of the time of the screening. We have not acted in any way against the law. No security agency approached us to give us any information that could indict him, both at the time of his appointment and even now. The Senate does not have the power to remove a minister. We can only screen, based on the information available to us and based on the report that we have from the security agencies.

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 further said, “Those who are talking have not pointed to a particular law upon which he ought to be removed as a minister.

“Even if the information about him now, assuming it was available then (during screening), does it constitute a disqualifying factor of being a Minister under the Nigerian law?”

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.”

https://punchng.com/alleged-terrorism-our-hands-tied-on-pantami-says-senate/

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by SATANICALLY666: 7:44am On May 02
Vulcanheph:
So all the live videos making rounds online aren't enough evidence?
Naija is a joke.

“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 further said, “Those who are talking have not pointed to a particular law upon which he ought to be removed as a minister.

“Even if the information about him now, assuming it was available then (during screening), does it constitute a disqualifying factor of being a Minister under the Nigerian law?”

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.”

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Vulcanheph(m): 7:46am On May 02
So all the live videos making rounds online aren't enough evidence?
Naija is a joke.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by madridguy(m): 7:49am On May 02
grin grin grin

When Pantami boys come for you or your family you people will understand what we are saying.

Useless bunch of criminals.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by austinsmat(m): 7:51am On May 02
Stamp mofos

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by donbachi(m): 7:51am On May 02
The terrorism that has eaten so deep,into the fabrics of our society.will someday eat into the fabrics you all are putting on..then,una go force those tied hands to loose by force.."our hands are tied".see their mouths..apart from abaribe and ndume,nigeria no get senators.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by IfGodbeforus(m): 7:58am On May 02
What a bold insult from an unfortunate group of legislators. If all your hands are tied, then also tie your legs because it simply means you all are terrorist.
Morally, physically and nationally Pantami should be not only removed but be properly interrogated. Alas terrorists are scattered Everywhere in the government. Don't worry, this bloodshed in the land will reach your abodes.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by SaiOba: 7:59am On May 02

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by meetme01: 8:01am On May 02
Vulcanheph:
So all the live videos making rounds online aren't enough evidence?
Naija is a joke.

Governance is not on hearsays or social media words. Even the law states it clearly, you come before the learned judge with facts. If you cannot proof all facts beyond reasonable doubts, even if you feel its injustice, one might loose the case..

See the case of Baba Ijesha Vs Princess.. 7yrs old rape case cannot be substantiated just because the victim did not report and follow due process as at wheb due. The accused accepts his guilty as charged but DPP does not have fact to prosecute. Case nullified.

We learn everyday. Henceforth, we start doing our background check with all nominees to any public office since those saddled with the job are either not competent or nepotism took its cause.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by helinues: 8:02am On May 02
Abi oo..

No time for gossip debate...

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Veqtor: 8:04am On May 02
I don't think any reasonable person is interested in what the so-called Senate has to say... bcoz, we already know what they would say, since they've been rendered toothless.

Majority of the Senators are fulanis jus like the terrorist Pant and Bubu.

They should keep their useless talks to themselves. What ppl need now is total disintegration of ds failed contraption.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by chatinent(m): 8:05am On May 02
Ok o
Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by BigSarah(f): 8:05am On May 02
Lol go figure... rubber stamped

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Jostoman: 8:15am On May 02
Who even take those rubber stamp senate serious again except few people like Abaribe, shina Pella and Ali ndume, the only arms of government we have in Nigeria is executive even the executive itself is also a disaster to Nigerians.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Fooolishbuharri: 8:17am On May 02
LMAO! Did we expect rubber stamp fat lawan to do anything before? Even if buhari or any of his anointed abuses him on the floor of the senate, fat lawan will support them and blame himself for being out of line.

May fat Lawan never happen to us as senate president again as long as this contraption remains

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Jostoman: 8:21am On May 02
Fooolishbuharri:
LMAO! Did we expect rubber stamp fat lawan to do anything before? Even if buhari or any of his anointed abuses him on the floor of the senate, fat lawan will support them and blame himself for being out of line.

May fat Lawan never happen to us as senate president again as long as this contraption remains
Amen

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by yanabasee1(m): 8:32am On May 02
This is why we need to restructure this country....


Why should the president be the only one to dismiss a minister?


And the senate claim that they can't rely on social media information...But they passed bills to control and regulate posts on social media and now they want to neglect it...


If someone post on social media today that he/she wants to kill a politician in aso rock...Before you know it, DSS must have detained the person for questioning...

It's ok... na Naija sha...

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by mytime24(f): 9:33am On May 02
Rubber stamp thevies

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by bhella10: 11:37am On May 02
Who tied them?
Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Charmingrascal(m): 11:47am On May 02
Rubber stamp Senate

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by melaniaup: 5:14pm On May 02
Tinubu greed and tribalism usher this rubbish talk of today.

If tinubu has voice or campaign for kwankwaso but what do I know
Birds of the same feather flocks together

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by BigDawsNet: 5:14pm On May 02
A politician will find an excuse to get out of anything except office. undecided

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by FarahAideed: 5:14pm On May 02
Good thing they finally admit they are Rubber Stamp cheesy

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by smartty68(m): 5:14pm On May 02
No one seems to understand that keeping Pantami in that position means the government supports and encourages terrorism which is a big dent on the image of this country.

Let's continue to make everything seem like a joke. Soon y'all won't have a voice in the committee of Nations.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by adioolayi(m): 5:14pm On May 02
When they starts kidnapping you one by one...you go get sense

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by luminouz(m): 5:14pm On May 02
What a dumb ass senate!!

Maybe when a few of their families are wiped out by insecurity issues bedeviling everyone now, they will untie their mumu hands.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by Sunnybay7: 5:15pm On May 02
Nah so, but when it's time to loot they will untie it.

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by YoungLionken(m): 5:15pm On May 02
We all have made statements that are not generally acceptable, thereby making people think we are guilty(even when we are not)..

The said Pantami might be innocent, but whether or not, he is getting the hit from everybody, including those who are actual sponsors of the terrorist group..

Learn to always control your mouth, especially in public...

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Re: Alleged Terrorism: Our Hands Tied On Pantami, Says Senate by gaetano: 5:15pm On May 02
When it was kemi Adeosun with something as solf as fake NYSC certificate, the northerners carried the thing on their head. Even slave southerns were being political correct. But a known terrorist sympathizer like PANT ARMY, they are looking for concrete evidence. Odiegwu grin grin

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