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How Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami got the role of Professor in FUTO based on Buhari's orders and how he called 'Imo - the capital of Owerri state' in his letter of acceptance as a Professor.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has unconsciously disclosed that he was given and accepted the role of Professor of Cybersecurity at Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) based on Buhari's orders.

“This decision is sequel to my briefing to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday 26th march, 2021 and his permission for me to go ahead and share my knowledge and experience in the academia, which is a form of community service to our citizens,” Mr Pantami said. 

This statement is contained in documents signed by Mr Pantami himself and uploaded online by Professor Farooq Kperogi.

Mr Pantami had accepted the post of Professor at the Imo-based institution before it had been formally offered to him, based on the available documents. The Islamic cleric accepted the position in March. However, the appointment letter offering the professorship post to Mr Pantami has August 20 as its date. 

Mr Pantami also erroneously said described the school as being in “Imo, Owerri State,” rather than Owerri, Imo State.

Though Mr Buhari had named Mr Pantami as a political appointee in 2016, the Federal University of Technology, Owerri defended it's intention to appoint Mr Pantami as a professor, saying it was based on his research at the National Information Technology Development Agency. 

The registrar of the school, John Nnabuihe, said that the promotion was “based on his qualification which he merited through long years of research works.”

However, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has said it would investigate the how Pantami rose to the professor rank. The union has also told FUTO to investigate the matter from their own end.

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