Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, is yet to react to the media unearthing of Minister Isa Pantami’s sympathy for terrorists.
Mr Pantami has been in the eyes of the storm with increased demands for his removal from office over radical remarks encouraging terrorism, particularly in Northern Nigeria.
Despite heightened request for his ousting following public outcry, the presidency sided the embattled communications chief who, according to Garba Shehu, is going no where.
While prominent figures and groups have joined the bandwagon, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain has kept mum on the issues for reason not yet ascertained by TODAY POLITICS as at press time.
In 2018, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate of Kemi Adeosun, former finance minister, was reportedly doctored and the accused resigned after being pressurized to do.
At the time, Atiku, as he is fondly called, lampooned the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for not sacking her immediately the scandal broke out.
“How uncompromising a President can be when he allows a minister accused of forgery to remain at her job?” the politician queried through his media aide, Paul Ibe, at the time.
While individuals are supporting and withdrawing afterwards, Atiku who has been proactively criticising the president’s administration at any given opportunity locked his lips since the radical remarks were unearthed.
His reaction to the recent killing of three abducted university students in Kaduna State irked Nigerians who attacked him for condemning the crime but silent on what prompted it. Most of them are of the opinion that his silence might not be unconnected to the religious views they both share being Muslims.
“Heartbreaking to learn of the killing of 3 of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna,” Mr Atiku tweeted Friday evening. “How long shall we continue to lose precious souls? May their families and friends be comforted. It is time states are granted constitutional roles in the management of security.”
Some of his followers lambasted him.
“Oga, swallow your heartbreak. The deaths of these students were sealed by the germination of seeds planted by characters like Pantami,” one of his tweeps said in response. “You cannot publicly mourn the symptom but be silent about the disease. You cannot, Oga.”