Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, on Sunday expressed concern over the divisive tendencies of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
The Senator spoke in Enugu during a solidarity visit to him by members of the Enugu State Economic Advisory Council.
The group, led by Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike had disclosed that they were in the visit to show solidarity to Ekweremadu over the face-off between the Senate leadership and the Executive arm.
He said the group equally needed to get clear information on the matter.
According to the renowned cleric: “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.
“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.”
Professor Ike advised the federal government to focus its energy on development, reconciliation, building bridges, stressing “we need Nigeria to move forward.”
Those on the visit also included former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, former economic adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Osita Ogbu, among others.
While addressing the delegation, Ekweremadu re-echoed his earlier stand that he was innocent of the forgery allegation, stressing that it had to do with ill-feelings in some quarters over the emergence of the Senate leadership.
He maintained that the Buhari led government had neglected major issues affecting the country, while busy pursuing sectional agenda.
He declared that: “our country has never been as divided as it is now; my heart bleeds because that is not what we desire for this country.”
On the suit against him in court, Ekweremadu declared: “I restate my innocence. I forged no document; none of the accused persons forged any document.”
While declining to speak more on the matter since it was already in court, he expressed his commitment towards the independence of the legislature, maintaining that “we will come and go but the Senate as an institution will remain.”