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Prosecution of Saraki, Ekweremadu Will Spell Political Catastrophe For Nigeria – Group

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu
Posted: Jun 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor

Aba – A coalition of ethnic nationalities youth organisations has protested the continued prosecution of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and some other principal officers of the National Assembly warning that the action of the government would further jeopardise the already fragile peace and democracy in the country.

The position of the group is contained in a statement made available to the Independent in Aba

According to the statement signed by its Chairman and President, Alh Yerima Shetima, Arewa Consultative Forum, Comrade Eric Oluwale, Secretary and President, Afenifere Youths, Comrade Emma Zompal, President, Middle Belt Youth Forum and Engr Udengs Eradiri, President of Ijaw Youth Council, the country would loss because “the polity will be overheated over a political issue that can be resolved with maturity.

“It is also an open secret that majority of Nigerians perceive this as a witch-hunt and clear political trial.

“As patriotic representatives of our people, we ask that in the interest of harmonious coexistence as Nigerians, the AGF should discontinue the planned arraignment of the Senate President and his Deputy on these trumped-up charges,” said the coalition.

The coalition group disclosed that they were alarmed at the ongoing prosecution by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) to prosecute the leadership of the Senate over trumped up charges of alleged forgery.

The group further reminded the AGF that the issue of Senate Standing Rules/Order is an internal affair of the Senate and should, and indeed has since been resolved by Senators on the floor of the Senate on two different occasions.

They cited the Senate most unanimously adopted resolution in its plenary on 21st June 2016, “in accordance with the principle of separation of powers, that the Senate Standing Order 2015 is authentic.

The group further reminded the APC led Federal government under President Mohammadu Buhar that the Office of the Deputy Senate President is the only non-appointive position being occupied by Ndigbo in the current Federal Government.

“We believe that removing Senator Ike Ekweremadu in the manner of this executive brigandage may hold dire consequences for the unity of the country.

“Being our brothers’ keepers, we consider the plight of Ndigbo and the consequences of unjustly denying them about the only thing that gives them a sense of belonging in this dispensation.

The group revealed that it has been made to understand that  “President Buhari is being lured along that path by some forces within his party who are tremendously corrupt and want to shield themselves with the party machinery while plotting for 2019.

“President Buhari should realize that these people are his real enemies since they are giving him a bad image in the view of the long-suffering Nigerian masses.

“To worsen matters, the security situation in Nigeria has become more precarious within the past one year. Boko Haram has been degraded but not yet silenced, militancy has resurfaced in the Niger Delta with a serious threat to the economy, Biafran agitation in the South-East has reached a crescendo.

“It is therefore expected that the Federal Government should think of getting all hands on deck regardless of party affiliations in order to pull Nigeria out of the doldrums,” the group said.