Senate leadership crisis: We will hold Buhari, APC responsible on Ekweremadu – Izumunna

An Igbo socio-cultural organition. Izu-Umunna Cultiral
Association, and a think-thank of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has
said that it will hold President Mohammadu Buhari and
the All Progressives Congress responsible should
anything happen to the Deputy Senate President,
Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The group in a resolution at the end of an emergency
meeting in Jos, signed by its President, Dr. Ugo Ihekuna
and Secretary General, Chief Elvis Chukwu, gave this
warning.
The group asked Buhari and APC, to accept the election
of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the will of God and stop
heating up the polity.
The Igbo Socio-Cultural group, also asked the Federal
Government to, as a matter of urgency, relocate the
Boko Haram detainees from Ekwulobia prison facilities
in the South-East as the presence of those detainees was
creating tension and further radicalising the youths in
the South East.
Izu Umunna is of the view that their presence was like
spreading the virus of terrorism to a region not known
with such trend.
The group attributed what it described as distractions in
the upper chambers of the National Assembly
as”handiwork of politicians who desire that things
should always go the way they want”.
Izu-Umunna, affirmed the leadership qualities of the
Deputy Senate President, adding that it is the right of the
Senators to choose who leads them, and having being
elected through the most transparent democratic
process, the will of the Senators must be respected.
“Senator Ike Ekweremadu is a trusted national leader
and has in several ways provided leadership strength
and acumen in the administration and legislative
matters both in the National Assembly and the Pan
African Parliament,” the group said.
It added, “We call on the leadership of APC to
unconditional accept the will and decision of all the
Nigerian Senators.
They warned that the Igbo Nation will hold President
Buhari and APC leadership responsible should anything
happens to Ekweremadu, saying, “his election followed
due process and manifested the collective will of his
colleagues”.
The association also called on the President and
members of APC to stop overheating the polity and face
the challenges presently confronting the country to
include insecurity, indiscriminate bombings and
shooting of innocent citizens.
On the issue of relocating Boko Haram detainees to the
South East, ICA said that it felt the pains of the Ekwulobia
community and called on the Federal Government to
relocate them elsewhere as Ekwulobia prison is not a
maximum security facility.
The association said that some of the fears of
transferring the detainees to the South East were that
examples abound where members of the sect had tried
to break prison facilities and free their members.

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The statement said, “We have examples in Kogi and
Benue states where Boko Haram ran over prison
facilities to release their members. Secondly, the mere
sight of these detainees among a people that see them as
those who killed their relations in the North is enough to
create tension and panic.