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Letter to UN, US , others: Ezeife, Ozekhome back Ekweremadu

By: dayan (M) |Time : June 30, 2016, 02:42:21 AM
Letter to UN, US , others: Ezeife, Ozekhome back Ekweremadu
— 30th June 2016

  • Nkire wants rule of law to prevail

By Ndubuisi Orji, Fred Itua and Magnus Eze, Abuja

REACTIONS have con­tinued to trail the letter of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to the in­ternational community, on his trial and that of the Sen­ate President for alleged forgery.

Ekweremadu had on Tuesday, petitioned the United Nations (UN), Eu­ropean Union (EU), Unit­ed States’ Congress, EU Parliament, governments of United States, United Kingdom and other foreign missions, over what he de­scribed as an attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democ­racy and silence him as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in the country. He alleged, in the letter, that his cur­rent travails were part of a grand plan to smear his image.

Reacting to the letter, former governor of Anam­bra State, Dr Chukwue­meka Ezeife said there was nothing wrong in let­ting the global community know what is happening in Nigeria.

He said since it is be­lieved that America and Britain supported Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari to become president, they should be kept abreast with developments in the coun­try under the present ad­ministration.

Ezeife, who spoke in a telephone interview yes­terday, said recent devel­opments in the country threaten “to black out de­mocracy,” noting that “it is not in doubt that the coun­try is moving backward.”

He listed the alleged kill­ing of members of Inde­pendent People of Biafra (IPOB) in Ontisha and the continued detention of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Knau, after he had been granted bail by a court of competent jurisdiction, as part of the anti-demo­cratic practices under the Buhari administration.

“If you are in trouble, you shout to let people know what is happening to you. That you are crying does not make you right. What is going on, what we are fac­ing and what we have seen show an attempt to black out democracy in Nigeria.

“The almighty God cre­ated Nigeria and designed it for greatness, but man is messing up with the de­sign. Things are happening in every aspect of Nigeria. What else can you do? We have democracy and it is being raped. And if you keep quiet, it dies,” the for­mer governor said.

However, he said the so­lution is not condemning the present administration or President Buhari.

“What we need is prayers. We should humble ourselves, confess our sins and pray to God to lead Buhari on the right path of democracy and welfare for the people,” he said.

Also, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Oze­khome, said what Ekwer­emadu did was not out of place. He said leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), while in the op­position, frustrated the administration of Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan, through frequent petitions to the international com­munity.

He said the insurgency war was frustrated as a re­sult of petitions written to the United States of Amer­ica, the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), among others. He further maintained that the United States Govern­ment refused to sell arms to the Nigerian Govern­ment to prosecute the in­surgency war as a result of series of petitions from APC leaders.

Chief Ozekhome said: “We need to draw the at­tention of the interna­tional community before things get bad in this coun­try. I remember when APC was in the opposition, even last year, every little thing, they rushed to the inter­national community. They even reported Jonathan to the International Criminal Court (ICC), alleging that he was not fighting Boko Haram.

“One of the reasons the United States Government did not support Jonathan in his first against Boko Haram was because of the petitions APC leaders wrote to the international community.

“The APC still behaves as if it is in the opposition. The last time, Buhari came out and said he was against the devaluation of naira. But he had to wait for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to devalue the nai­ra before he could say that.

“The question we are asking is, who is in charge of the government? Is there a government within a government? The president appears surprised on some of the things happening around him. It was the same way the president said he was shocked when he heard that his ministers were denying budget padding in the National Assembly.”

A member of the House of Representatives and former zonal secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South- South, Joseph Edionwele, called on Nigerians to support the position of Ekweremadu.

Edionwele said: “The letter Ekweremadu wrote was in order. It is obvi­ous that the president is out to silence the opposi­tion. Anybody who speaks against the government of the day is being haunted. That is what is happening in the country right now.

“You can see the case of Ayodele Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode. Imagine that they are trying to remove a deputy senate president who was duly elected. It is obvious that they are not fighting corruption. That is very clear now.

A member of the Board of Trustees of APC, Mr. Sam Nkire, argued that the rule of law should take its cause and that the right thing should be done.

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