Prof Ike Ekweremadu has revealed that the security siege in his house and that of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki was to prevent them from going to the National Assembly for plenary so that both of them could be impeached, a development that was meant to prevent the All Progressives Congress, APC, senators from defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Ekweremadu said “Those of us who ask that the correct thing be done are being hounded by the government. That is the tragedy of the whole situation. The government must be open to advice and suggestions and be able to dialogue. The instrument of democracy is dialogue and not force, that is where we are having problem in this country. “Those advising the government must realize that this is a free society and that Nigerians are entitled to their freedom, entitled to rights and principles of democracy. There is no way you harass an institution of government and that will make for peace to thrive.
If you are showing that any part of Nigeria is completely cut off from government, you will have problem. These are little things that can be fixed. All we need is to sit down and fix Nigeria because it’s a beautiful country with a lot of potential. “So we hope that next year when the election comes, we will be able to restore the pride of Nigeria, restore our unity, peace and be able to match forward as a united nation.
“I am not worried about the situation, I was not intimated, I am psychologically ready to go through this trauma. I know it’s not over but I am ready for it, I refuse to be intimated, I am prepared for it.
I am going to do the work which my people sent me to do but all I am asking is that there is no need overheating the system just because you want to bring down a system, an institution and certain people in government. “There are more challenges in the North east and north central, in the south east, south west. People are killed every day and lives of Nigerians don’t worth more than life of a chicken any more. People die in their hundreds and we close our eyes. This is not the society we are looking up to; I don’t want to be part of the society where these are happening. I want to be part of a generation where peace reigns. “What they wanted to do was to remove us and prevent the defection but everything failed.”
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