Chairman of Northern Traditional Rulers Council, South East / South South, HRH Sarki Yaro Danladi, said Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu should be allowed to hold on to his position “because he is the only eye of Ndigbo in the entire National Assembly
Emenike Ubani, Umuahia
As reactions and counter reactions still trail the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President, the council of Northern monarchs living in South East and South South geopolitical zones, has thrown its weight behind him.
The council described as “unnecessary and divisive”, the calls in some quarters for the resignation of Ekweremadu .
Addressing journalists in Umuahia , Abia State , the Chairman of Northern Traditional Rulers Council, South East / South South, HRH Sarki Yaro Danladi, said Ekweremadu should be allowed to hold on to his position “because he is the only eye of Ndigbo in the entire national assembly”.
He argued that since “Ekweremadu is the only lawmaker from the South East occupying principal position in the national assembly, removing him does not make sense as that will make his people to lose confidence in the government in power”.
He further said that removing Ekweremadu from his position would amount to sidelining the entire South East zone from the political equation in the National Assembly, a development he said was capable of igniting ethnic tension in Nigeria.
The monarch observed that a numbers of Nigerians especially those living outside their regions were yet to recover from the shocks and effects of previous ethnic clashes in the country. He said Nigerians were tired of crisis and appealed to the political class not to overheat the already tensed political atmosphere in the country.
Alhaji Danladi who is also the Sarki Hausa of Abia State appealed to the ruling All Progressive Congress ( APC) to halt any attempt to unseat the Deputy Senate President as part of its sacrifice for the unity of Nigeria . He said his removal would generate ill- feelings among “the Igbos who are one of Nigeria’s tripods, and this will only further polarise the country along tribal lines”.
The monarch also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene in the matter and prevail on APC not to take any action that would portray his administration in bad light. “ I sincerely appeal to President Buhari to step in and save the situation from degenerating into a mess.
He is the President of Nigeria and not the President of APC. Any action capable of igniting crisis of confidence and mutual suspicion should be nipped in the bud. “ The elections are over, and it is time to settle for governance . Any sacrifice that will maintain the peace and unity of Nigeria should not be considered too much. Let the government in power give a sense of belonging to every section of the country”.