The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, has asked the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, not to drag President Muhammadu Buhari into the $5.2 billion fine imposed on MTN by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
Mr. Shittu had said recently in Lagos that President Buhari had the final say on the N1.04 trillion fine on MTN “at the appropriate time in public interest”.
“The sheer number of pre-registered SIM cards discovered on the network of the telecommunications company was alarming and worrisome.
“MTN has not disputed the charge. They admitted that they were at fault and they apologized for their role in the whole saga,” the minister had said in Lagos.
“And they have made a commitment that what happened will never happen again and of course we will take the necessary decision at the appropriate time.
“Nigerians should expect that Mr. President will do the best to ensure that public interest is guaranteed. It is not about the money itself. It is about ensuring that Nigerians appreciate the need to respect the law.
“Nobody wants MTN to die. It is not in the interest of Nigeria for MTN Nigeria to die, because as far as I am concerned, MTN Nigeria Limited is a Nigerian company. It may have originated from South Africa, but it is a Nigerian company. The Chairman of the board and the Chief Executive Officer are all Nigerians,” the minister had said.