The Chairman of the Northern States Governor’s Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has disclosed that some individuals are planning to engage in a smear campaign against the forum and him.
In a statement by his media aide, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the campaign is related to the controversy surrounding Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
Recall that Pantami had once revealed how joyful he used to feel with the killing of those he considered infidels.
The minister said this in three audio recordings of his teachings in the 2000s, when he condemned deadly operations of the then Al Qaeda and Taliban elements who were on a campaign to obliterate the West and conquer other parts of the world.
The minister later recanted the comments, saying that he has “changed several positions taken in the past based on new evidence and maturity.”
Isa Pantami blamed immaturity and limited knowledge for his views back then.
But Lalong expressed disgust over campaign of calumny in which a yet-to-be-named group has gone, to the extent of printing and circulating posters to the effect that the forum is supporting the over some statements he is said to have made in the past.
“The uncovered plan shows that those behind the propaganda publication are political interests that are bent on dragging the forum into the controversy by widely circulating the posters on social media and pasting same across the country with a view to tarnishing the image of the body and its members.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the forum wishes to state that it has no intention of being dragged into the matter, as the minister has provided his response to the issue which does not need the validation or denial of the forum,” the statement read.
The governor advised members of the public to beware of the antics of such sponsored mischief makers and should therefore disregard such propaganda posters, which only intend to serve the selfish interests of those behind them.