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Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu, Writes UN, EU, US over Threat to Democracy in Nigeria

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Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has written the United Nations,

European Union and the United States alerting them of the threat posed to

democratic rule in Nigeria by the undemocratic practices of the President

Buhari-led government.
In a two-page letter entitled: Re: Trumped Up Charges Against the

Presiding Officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy in Grave Danger”,

raised alarm over attempt by the government to silence him and the

opposition in Nigeria.
The letter…
The letter In the two-page letter, entitled: “Re: Trumped Up Charges

Against the Presiding Officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy is in

Grave Danger,” Ekweremadu, who attached copies of the court summons, and

other relevant documents relating to the matter, is asking the

international community to decide whether or not the trial was worth it,

justifiable or one that was purely borne out of political vendetta.

Ekweremadu stated that neither his name nor that of the President of the

Senate featured either in the petition by aggrieved members of the Senate

Unity Forum, SUF, or during the investigation of the petition by the

police.
“You may further wish to judge for yourself whether this unfolding

scenario, coupled with the clampdown on the opposition, such as targeted

arrests and indefinite detention of opposition figures and dissenting

voices, in spite of court pronouncements and in clear violation of the

Nigerian constitution, as well as the sustained marginalization of the

South-East and South-South geopolitical zones of Nigeria, does not

constitute a grave danger to the nation's hard-won democracy.

“I wish to forward to you the court summons containing the trumped-up

charges preferred against my person, the President of the Senate, Senator

Bukola Saraki, CON; and two others. “I also wish to appeal to you to

kindly find time to read through the annexures— petition by members of the

Senate Unity Forum, statements by persons interrogated, and the police

report— to see if our names appeared anywhere in these documents.

“You may, thereafter, judge for yourself whether the Federal Government,

acting through the Attorney-General of the Federation, has any

justification whatsoever to generate our names for trial. The list of the

accused persons appears to have been politically generated because you

cannot by the documents attached, relate any of our names to the offence

for which we are now being charged.
“Moreover, the rules and principles of fair-hearing have not been adhered

to because the police have not interacted with me or the President of the

Senate as at the time of writing this letter. “You may also wish to judge

for yourself whether this trial orchestrated against me is not a political

trial, calculated witch-hunt, barefaced intimidation, and a clear attempt

to emasculate the parliament and silence me as the leader and highest

ranking member of the opposition in Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, it could also be recalled that an attempt was made on my life

on November 17, 2015. The Nigerian security agencies did nothing, even

though the incident was duly reported,'' he lamented.

The Presidency has said it would not exchange words with Ekweremadu.

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