The Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council (NENYLC) has appealed to the British government to pardon Senator Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament on health grounds.
It also urged the United Kingdom Justice Ministry to discharge and acquit Ekweremadu and his wife of all pending criminal charges before the United Kingdom Court, as a result of the organ harvest controversy.
This was as members of the Council also paid their last respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Following the official announcement of her passing, Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders wrote a letter to the British High Commission in Abuja, paying glowing tributes to the late monarch.
The letter which was signed by the NENYLC secretary ( who is also the President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide), Aare Barr. Oladotun Hassan read: “On behalf of all Nigerian youths the National Executives of the Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council (NENYLC) is pleased to specially commiserate with King Charles and the entire immediate Royal Family of the Queen of England, the good people of the United Kingdom over the recent demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
“We pray for her Majesty’s eternal rest while using this medium to passionately appeal through your good office to the Government of the United Kingdom, most importantly the Prime Minister and the Justice Ministry to grant pardon for Senator Dr Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria/ former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament, and wife.
“We seek to ensure discontinuance of the case of alleged organ harvesting against Ekweremadu through Nolle Prosequi application request on compassionate grounds, knowing fully well that he is battling kidney ailment even while in detention.
“We humbly request the UK Justice Ministry to discharge and acquit them of all pending criminal charges before the United Kingdom Court, as a result of the organ harvest allegation.
“We further appeal that pending our appeal’s approval for discontinuance and pardon, we seek your authorities to grant bail to Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who has been in detention for months now after he was charged alongside his wife for alleged organ harvesting, in favour of their daughter, who has been down with kidney(terminal) disease, and she is still appealing to the whole world, soliciting for a kidney donor.
“However, we remain thankful to the Justice Ministry that the wife, Mrs Beatrice Ekweremadu was granted bail, while the court ruled that the former Deputy Senate President was a flight risk.
“Senator Ike Ekweremadu is not just a former Deputy Senate President, but former Speaker, ECOWAS parliament, hence there is no way such a calibre of person would jump bail.
“We further plead with the UK court to reconsider its stand on this matter in order to avoid double jeopardy. Should Ekweremadu and his daughter die in the course of this case, it would have amounted to double jeopardy, while we are assured of his innocence based on his antecedents as a passionate and committed Nigerian.
“We are pleased to use this medium to appreciate your good office and Government of the UK’s uncommon landmark achievements in ensuring adequate security of lives and properties, protection of citizen’s fundamental rights and privileges accordingly, in consonance with the demands of the Nigerian Youths and noble vision of our organization.”
2023: Vote Candidates Who’ll Protect Your Interest, CAC Advises Christians
The President of the Christ Apostolic Church, Pastor Samuel Oladele, has charged Christians in the country to vote for a presidential candidate that would protect their interests.
The cleric who condemned the same faith presidential ticket said it was improper in a pluralistic country like Nigeria.
Oladele gave this advice in his address at the annual 2022 Pastors Conference of the CAC, held at the camp of the church in Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State on Wednesday.
He said, “Throughout the course of human history, God has always sought men and women to stand for Him in the place of leadership – like Joseph in Egypt, David before Goliath the Philistine, Esther in Shushan and Daniel in Babylon.
“The forthcoming general election is one that we must be interested in, as we cannot afford to remain complacent while decisions that affect our faith are being made. We shall be guided by the criteria provided by the Christian Association of Nigeria for the election of our next set of political leaders in Nigeria.
“ I urge you to vote for candidates who will protect the cause and interest of Christianity in Nigeria. I make bold to declare loud and clear that the interest of the kingdom of God and of His Christ is more important than all other interests. Hence, the interest of God’s kingdom must guide our consideration of who to vote for in the forthcoming general election in Nigeria.”
Expressing concern about the present situation of the country, the cleric admonished Nigerians not to despair but to be more prayerful for better days to come and also to walk on the way of righteousness.
He said, “It is an undeniable fact that we are in dire strait as a nation. The continued decline of socio-economic infrastructures as well as the nonchalance of those who are entrusted to provide the desired solution to these problems, calls for concern.
“However, we are not without hope because we have a God who rules in the affairs of men. Let us continue to call upon Him while we play our roles as responsible citizens of Nigeria. Righteousness remains the panacea to the reproach of our nation, Nigeria. Let us not only preach it, but practice righteousness.”
2023: NSCDC Tasks Politicians On Peaceful Campaigns
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps , (NSCDC), has stressed the need for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speech and violence ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Commandant of the Corps in Cross River State Mr Samuel Fadeyi, stated this in Calabar on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 2022 International Day of Peace.
Mr Fadeyi who led personnel of the command in the state on a peace walk along major routes in Calabar metropolis to create awareness on the benefits of peace building for nation’s growth emphasised that peaceful co-existence is a sine-qua-none for development.
He noted that as the campaigns for the 2023 general elections commence on September. 28, it was important for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speech and promote unity.
“All campaigns should be issue based, it shouldn’t be based on discrimination, racism or gender. People should shun hate speeches and embrace peace because we need unity to grow as a nation.
“Today has been designated by the United Nations as International Peace Day. It was established in 1981.
“By 2001, because of the conflicts all over the world, the day was designated as non violence and cease fire day as an addition to it been an International Peace Day.
“As we go out for this peace walk today, we are creating the awareness that peace must continue to reign in the country,” he said.
The theme for the 2022 International Peace Day is “End Racism, Build Peace”.
He said the command has commenced sensitisation of the public to imbibe the need for unity and peace.
Ayu Must Resign, S’West PDP Group Insists
A group, South-West Forum of PDP Stakeholders for Justice, on Wednesday, reiterated its support for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and others sympathetic to his cause, that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu should resign.
In a statement by former Publicity Secretaries of Ondo and Lagos states, Messrs Banji Okunomo and Taofik Gani, the forum said Ayu’s resignation will bring about confidence, inclusiveness and oneness in the party.
The statement reads: “We, the above-named Forum of the Party, wish to affirm our support for the position being canvassed by Governor Seyi Makinde, corroborated by the doggedness of the ‘Wikes’ and the wisdom of the ‘Bode Georges’, as a lasting panacea for peace and eventual victory of our party at the 2023 Presidential election.
“We wish to justify our position on the following premise: “Assuming Dr. Ayu, in his wisdom, genuinely chose and believed in the emergence of a Northern Presidential Candidate for the PDP and went further to acknowledge Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the hero of democracy following his withdrawal from the Presidential race to pave way for Atiku Abubakar at the Party’s national convention, it is our take, that Dr Ayu should indeed go further to logically and wisely conclude the process that would guarantee the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the next president of Nigeria by making other possible sacrifices necessary to achieve that goal.
“Indeed, this is why and when Dr. Ayu himself will be more celebrated as PDP’s Hero of Democracy rather than clogging the Party’s wheel of Progress and creating avoidable crisis for the Party.
“We will not forget to admonish our candidate, the next president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to be wary of the ill and reactionary advice of some traditional moles, who are insistent on offering opinions capable of jeopardizing the chance God has opened for the PDP in the emerging dispensation.
“Nigerians are indeed awaiting the PDP as the actual potent alternative government, and God forbids, if this opportunity skips us, Nigerians may never again associate with the PDP.
“We call for immediate restoration of sanity, confidence, inclusiveness and oneness in the Party as a stitch in time saves nine.”
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