Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has explained that the current shut down of telecommunications activities in zamfara state was as a result of the request made by the security agencies. ayokinews.com reports
Speaking to State House Correspondents at the presidential Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, on Wednesday, Pantami noted that the request of the security agencies was accepted by the federal government on arrival.
Pantami further stated that the Nigerian government is willing to sacrifice any form of economical gains in the telecommunications sector so as to find a lasting security solution in the country.
In his words; “I am aware of the shutting down, but the request is not from us. Rather, the request is from the security institutions, in which they asked for that as part of their strategy.
“Because of this, government allowed them to go ahead and even that one, the reason for doing that I may be aware of some, but I’m sorry to say it’s not for public discussion.
“What I only plead with all of us, as laymen, we shall try to give our security institutions the support they need in order to deliver on their mandate.
“Security issues today are not only for the security institutions alone but there is a role that each and every citizen can play in order to make their work more successful.
“So, I plead with the media to support our security institutions and let us give them the benefit of doubt; when they come up with a strategy, let us not unnecessarily criticize it, except we allow them to begin and see.
“Particularly, they could have information at their disposal that you and I do not have and if you lack information, you will not be able to do justice in your deliberation. It is only when there is sufficient information at your disposal, then you can argue. But if you don’t have it, even if you partake in any debate, you will finally discover that you have made a very wrong decision. So, it is because of this.”