|Zuma and Buhari at the Press conference|
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the slow registration of Nigerians on the MTN line by the service provider was costly to the war against Boko Haram terrorists.
He spoke at a news conference after holding a closed meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President said the concern of the Federal Government was security and not the fine imposed on MTN.
Answering questions yesterday, he said: “This is the first time I will be making a public comment about it. The concern of the Federal Government is on security and not the fine imposed on MTN.
“You know how the unregistered GSM is being used by terrorists. And between 2009 and today, at least 10,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram.
“That was why NCC asked MTN, Glo and the rest of them to register GSM. Unfortunately, MTN was slow and contributed to the casualties.”
Buhari went on: “And NCC looked at its regulations and imposed the fine. Unfortunately for MTN, it went to court and once you go to court, you virtually disarm the government because if the Federal Government refuses to listen to the judiciary, it will be going against its constitution.
“I think MTN has seen that and decided to withdraw the case and negotiate with government agencies on what it considers a steep fine to be reduced and maybe given time to pay gradually, ” the President said.
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