A probe into an alleged smear campaign against the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has been ordered by the presidency.
Pantami has been in the eyes of the storm in recent times over comments he made about terror groups, Al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram.
Although Pantami has since retracted the statement he made, Nigerians have called for his head, asking him to resign.
However, the Federal Government has declared support for Pantami. A statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said that Pantami made more enemies in putting Nigerians first.
Shehu said there are those in the opposition who see success and want it halted by any means.
According to him, “newspaper editors rebuffed an attempt to financially induce them to run a smear campaign against the minister by some ICT companies”.
Further, the statement announced that the government is investigating the attempted inducement “and should they be found to hold credence – police and judicial action must be expected”.
A top source in the force revealed that the companies being investigated are telecommunications firms.
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