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Abike Dabiri-Erewa — Pantami Public Spat: Nigerians React

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Tobi Adebayo 

Nigerians have reacted to an ongoing feud between the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Dabiri-Erewa had accused Pantami of ejecting her and the staff of NIDCOM from the work space offered to her by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with armed security operatives.

Denying the allegation, the minister took to his Twitter handle and wrote: “This is a fat lie from her. The owner of the building @NgComCommission has faulted her lies on their social media platforms. The minister has never given that directive to any gunman. We need to be very objective in reporting. I have never sent any gunmen there, and I have no one.”

The NIDCOM Chairman further responded to Pantami’s denial and claimed that the minister treated her and her staff in that manner because of her gender.

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“An Islamic scholar should not lie hon minister (Phd). You did that to me because I am a woman. Your disrespect for women is legendary. Left the ugly incident behind me since February. But pls release all our office equipment. Public office is transient,” she wrote.

Reacting to the exchange between the public officers, a Twitter user, @Nnamdichife wrote: “Abike Dabiri thinks Mallam Isa Pantami is Geoffrey Onyema. That Diaspora Commission should be disbanded and functions transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do their statutory job.”

@oseanenih wrote: “What I will say to @DrIsaPantami and @abikedabiri is that you are both senior public officers holding positions that belong to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This matter should not have been shared with the public by Abike OR escalated by both of you into abuse & disrespect.”

@firstladyship wrote: “Abba Kyari is dead and is things fall apart. Madam Abike and Pantami can now enter the market square and entertain us.”

@naijamuncher wrote: “Abike playing the gender card when she should hold her heads high like Oyo Ita who challenge Abba Kyari. This ruddeless government that Abike is defending everyday has come to bite her. Pantami has never been an Honest person. His antecedents are here for all to see”

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