- The Enugu Diocese of Anglican Communion has warned the EFCC and the federal government to leave deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, alone
- The church says Senator Ekweremadu has no trace of corruption since he started politics
- According to the church, touching the deputy Senate president is like touching the eyes of God
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the federal government have been warned by the Enugu Diocese of Anglican Communion to steer clear of the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
Vanguard reports that the church, which said said that Senator Ekweremadu had no trace of corruption since his political life, stated that what the EFCC was doing to the senator was intimidation and an extension of emasculation of the eastern region.
NAIJ.com gathers that the church made the position known when it paid solidarity visit to the senator in Enugu on the evening of Sunday, July 29
It asked security agencies to go to troubled states such as Benue and Plateau, to lay siege instead of Ekweremadu’s residence where there is no threat to national cohesion.
The church comprised the archbishop of Enugu province and bishop of Enugu Diocese (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Dr Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma, archdeacons and canons of the province.
Leader of the delegation, Archbishop Chukwuma said: “We are here to tell the world that you are a true child of God who nobody should find a way to rubbish. As far as we are concerned with your credibility and integrity, we have not heard since you started your journey as the local government chairman, moving to becoming chief of staff, secretary to the government of Enugu state to what you are now, there is no record, and nobody has ever heard that you stole money anywhere.
“When we heard the list of those, up till now, published of those who ate money in the 2015 election, we didn’t find your name there and so we are embarrassed when they say EFCC. What is EFCC looking for? EFCC should please leave Ekweremadu alone because his name was never mentioned anywhere.
“In the government of Buhari are those they should witch-hunt and nobody can force you to join APC if that is what they want. You have been a stakeholder in PDP and you have remained firm; you have not cross-carpeted and you will never cross-carpet and so they should leave you alone.
“As far as we are concerned as the Anglican Church, we stand behind you. We call on the federal government to leave Senator Ike Ekweremadu alone and stop witch-hunting him for nothing. This is witch-hunting and we have no apology for the federal government. But what we say is that they leave us alone.
“If anybody touches you, they are touching the eyes of God; they are touching the eyes of Ndi’Igbo and we shall not take it for granted. They should allow peace to reign and Mr President should please warn the security people.
“There is no peace, there is no security, the economy is bad, there is no employment, and the appointments in this government are all northern.
"We are being marginalised and we cannot stop saying it. Southeast is being marginalised and now it is victimising our own very best person, we will not take it. We pray that God Almighty will touch their hearts because if care is not taken, the way things are going now will result into a serious, not only religious war, but a serious war that will never make Nigeria to be united.
“We appeal to Mr President, the security agencies and EFCC to leave Senator Ekweremadu alone; they should leave our people alone."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that security operatives laid siege to the homes of the Senate principal officers, Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu.
The homes of both men were barricaded by security operatives from the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Security in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the morning of Tuesday, July 24.
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