Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, praised former Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, for “giving tough times to terrorists”.
Fani-Kayode, a critic turned friend of the communication minister, praised President Muhammadu Buhari in an article he wrote.
As he commented on the clampdown on bandits in the North West, the ex-minister praised the duo.
There has been an intense and swift effort against the Northern Nigerian bandits and terrorists in the last few weeks.
Zamfara has been a model state which many other North Western states have followed, such as Katsina, Kaduna, Kaduna, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kebbi, and Niger.
Millions of people throughout the North and within the nation have been inspired by what Governors of these states have done.
It is my sincere hope that the Governors of the South and other parts of the country will also cultivate the political will to take as drastic a step as the North-Western Governors have taken to save lives.
The shut-down of all communication networks within the state is one of the most innovative and effective measures that Zamfara has taken, and which, I hear, will also be implemented in some of the other North-Western states in the near future.
The kidnapping operations of the terrorists were severely hampered by this, making a huge impression on the world.
“The Hon. Professor Pantami, Minister of Communications, is capable of implementing such measures at the Governor’s request, and helping in such a way speaks volumes for him. “No other Minister has dealt such a heavy blow to terrorists over the last six years and none has cultivated the sense of urgency to do so.”
Following the wedding of Buhari’s only son in Kano last month, Fani-Kayode’s new relationship with Pantami was noticed.
Pantami, whom he described as “my brother”, appeared in pictures on the former minister’s Facebook page.
Despite the backlash, Fani-Kayode stood his ground, telling off those who accused him of currying favour.
Back in April, when Pantami was under fire for comments he made in the past, Fani-Kayode called him a terrorist and asked Buhari to fire him.
(Pantami) is a religious bigot, an ethnic supremacist, an unrepentant jihadist, a lover of bloodshed, violence and terror, and a psychopathic and clearly insane individual.”
‘Pantami is unfit to be a minister of the Federal Republic, and he is also unfit to walk freely across our streets,’ he said at the time.