Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of the Enugu Province of the Anglican Communion, Enugu Diocese, yesterday said that any attempt to remove Chief Ike Ekweremadu from office as the Deputy Senate President could spell doom for the country.
Chukwuma who gave the warning while addressing students of Enugu State chapter of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), who visited him in his residence in Enugu, said that he was impressed with the orderly manner they conducted themselves in the solidarity march.
He said: “What we are saying is that APC should not be afraid of Ekweremadu; Ekweremadu is a very simple developing senator and out of all the senators in the South East, Ekweremadu is the most, I must say, loved, hard-working senator that APC can make use of to develop Nigeria.
“We want to also express that it is unfortunate that the governor of Imo State has continued to insult him and we say that this is not right. He should be called to order by the APC because Ekweremadu was not elected by the APC and election in the senate was not done by governors.
The Archbishop also advised the governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha to tread with caution, adding, “If he is an Igbo man, then is he not a betrayer? I‎ want to call him to order if he continues this way, the Igbos will deny him.
“Ekweremadu should be left alone to do his work, he has been elected constitutionally as Deputy Senate President and nobody can‎ remove him there. If they do that, it means that this government doesn’t want the Igbos; then you are calling for its secession from Nigeria because that is the high ranking position we have and we all, including the Church are behind him. He has been performing and he should be left to perform‎, he said”
The Leader of the protesting students, Chidi Ilogebe, had during the visits, told Archbishop Chukwuma and the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Charles Ndukwu, who received them at Government House, Enugu that they were in the streets to express their anger against the continued trial of deputy senate president, Ekweremadu, on alleged forgery of the senate’s rule.
“We will resist any attempt to remove our leader, Ike Ekweremadu.
We are solidly behind him. He has done well and we will fight for him”, he added.
Some of the placards carried by the angry students read: “Support Ekweremadu and let Buhari achieve”, “Leave Ike Ekweremadu Alone”, “Ike Ekweremadu is not Nigeria’s Problem’, “Remove Ekweremadu meet fire.”
Responding on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Ndukwe, exonerated the deputy senate president from the forgery saga, saying his hands are clean.
“Our leader Ike Ekweremadu is a philanthropist. He should be allowed to remain as the deputy senate president”, Ndukwe added.


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