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5 Aug 2016

Ekweremadu is not a threat to the Nigerian govt – Rev. Chukwuma

The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has pledged the cooperation of the church with the Federal Government to move the country forward.
Addressing protesting members of the Enugu chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday, Chukwumah said that there was a need for all hands to be on deck to move the country forward.
He said that only a peaceful resolution of the impasse involving the leadership of the Senate would soothe frayed nerves.
He said that the Anglican Church in the state was in support of the peaceful protest, adding that there must be peace in the country for Nigerians to enjoy good governance.
“We are happy that students are behind this cause to allow the deputy senate president to have peace and work because Ekweremadu is not a threat to the Nigerian government.
“If you allow him to stabilise, he is going to be one of the finest politicians the government in power will like to work with. We are ready to cooperate with the APC government,” he said.
Chukwuma called on the Federal Government not to allow any of its officials cause disharmony between it and other arms of government, adding that the suit against the leadership of the Senate was uncalled for.
“Ekweremadu has performed in his zone more than other senators, so to ridicule him will not be accepted,” Chukwuma said.
Earlier, the leader of the students, Mr Chidi Ilogebe, said that the students viewed with concern the current impasse involving the leadership of the Senate.
Ilogebe said that the deputy senate president deserved to be allowed to contribute in the current economic recovery initiative of the Federal Government.
“However, if the removal of Ekweremadu will stabilise the economy; if his removal will put food on the table of Nigerians, strengthen the naira and bring down the price of fuel, then let him go,” Ilogebe said.
The students had marched to the Government House where the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Charles Ndukwe promised to relay their message to the appropriate authority.
The students had embarked on the solidarity march in support ofthe Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.
Ekweremadu is facing trial in the Federal High Court, Abuja for his alleged role in the forgery of the Senate Standing Rules.
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