Fashola Explains Why Some in Buhari’s Cabinet Were Annoyed with Pantami


Babatunde Raji Fashola, the former Minister of Works and Housing, took the opportunity to expound on the factors that may have caused some individuals in the immediate past federal administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to find Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, the former Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, somewhat irksome.

Fashola, who shared the cabinet with him, pointed to his steadfast commitment to precision and an unparalleled attention to detail as one of the main reasons for this sentiment.

During the public presentation of Prof. Pantami’s book, titled ‘A Scholar’s Journey: Navigating Academia,’ Fashola acknowledged Pantami’s dedication to accuracy, even if it occasionally proved to be a source of irritation for some. Fashola eloquently referred to him as the “Mr. Compliance” of the cabinet, emphasizing how Pantami played a pivotal role in ensuring that all documents and memoranda met the highest standards of accuracy and compliance. Despite the occasional moments of annoyance, Fashola was gracious enough to credit him for significantly enhancing the precision and compliance levels of their official records.

The distinguished event, graced by eminent personalities such as Governors Zulum, Yahaya, and Sule, as well as former governors and ministers, served as a platform to celebrate Pantami’s invaluable contributions to national development. In his articulate remarks, Fashola underscored the critical role of factual books in preserving history and truth, especially in an era marked by the proliferation of fake news and the revisionist tendencies surrounding historical narratives. Fayemi, in his eloquent discourse, expressed commendation for Pantami’s noteworthy achievements, highlighting the considerable strides made in boosting broadband and internet penetration in Nigeria.

In his gracious response, Prof. Pantami expressed heartfelt gratitude to everyone present and others who contributed to the successful outcome of the event. He reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to making ongoing scholarly contributions that would contribute significantly to the body of knowledge for the continued development of the nation.

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