The Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, has express distress over the discord in Nigeria’s current system of government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to members of the Enugu State Economic Advisory Council who paid him a solidarity visit, Ekweremadu declared that Nigeria has never been as divided as it is now; “my heart bleeds because that is not what we desire for this country,” he said.
The Council led by Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike had pledged their support to the Senator over the confrontation between the Senate leadership and the Executive arm.
“We are here because we have heard a lot of noise from Abuja. We are here because we support the principles of separation of power; separation of power guarantees freedom and brings stability in governance. So, we are here to hear what is happening in the National Assembly.”
He also assured Senator Ekweremadu that with the support of the people he overcome his challenges.
“We want to assure you that our people are solidly behind you; our people believe in you; whenever you are in public office, there will always be challenges but if you are upright, you will emerge stronger.”
Chief Ekweremadu addressed the delegation which also include ex minister of power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, former economic adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Osita Ogbu, and others.
“I am, indeed, humbled by your solidarity. As they say, the true test of a man is not where he stands in the time of comfort; it is where he stands when there is crisis. He commended their courageous decision to come and show solidarity and ask questions in a matter concerning one of their sons.”
He reiterated that he is innocent of the forgery allegation.
“I restate my innocence. I forged no document; none of the accused persons forged any document.”
Ekweremadu also pointed that the situation had to do with ill-feelings in some quarters over the emergence of the Senate leadership. According to him, the Buhari led government had neglected major issues affecting the country, while busy pursuing sectional agenda.
The Senator had also expressed his commitment towards the independence of the legislature, “we will come and go but the Senate as an institution will remain,” Ike Ekweremadu said.