Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Archbishop of the Enugu Province, Anglican Communion, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, have both defended the re-election of the Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as an act of God.
While the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, explained that Ekweremadu is a man, who has the interests of the country at heart; Chukwuma described Ekweremadu as God-chosen leader.
In an emailed statement issued by his, Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu, Saraki described Ekweremadu as a man, who every Nigerian politician should look forward to working with.
“For we politicians, it is always better for us to get close to know somebody because in our meets in the 7th Senate, me and him were far apart, but in this current Senate, I am the first person to tell a few people that Senator Ekweremadu is a perfect gentleman. You are a perfect gentleman and I repeat that many times and you are a good example for we politicians.
“He is the type of Nigerian that we will want to continue to serve because he only sees things for the good of Nigeria. I am grateful enough to be working with you and I will continue to assure you that we will continue to work closely for the interest of this great country,” Saraki said.
The UNION reports that Saraki spoke at the country home of Ekweremadu (Mpu, in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State), shortly after a special thanksgiving service last Sunday.
Earlier at the special thanksgiving service by his family, Ekweremadu explained the divine intervention behind his re-election.
“About two years ago, nobody would have believed that we will be here talking about Ike Ekweremadu being a senator again, let alone being the Deputy President of the Senate. But, by the grace of God, I am today not only the senator representing Enugu West, but also the Deputy President of the Senate.
“We went through very tumultuous primaries that almost divided our state along the line; but we thank God that today Enugu is united and peaceful. After the elections, PDP lost control of the National Assembly, and many people thought we were finished.
“But we went into political engineering, and I want to thank my colleagues for that long night. We decided that when we got (to) the Chamber in the morning, we were going to perform wonders, and when the time came for the inauguration of the Senate, I was re-elected Deputy President of the Senate. It was the will of God,” he said.
Ekweremadu particularly thanked God for sparing his life during the assassination attempt on him, assuring that he remained unperturbed, nevertheless.
“In November, there was an attempt on my life, but God saved me. I am not scared and I want to reassure the people of Nigeria that we will continue to serve; we want to continue to deliver services without fear or favour,” he emphasised.
While thanking his constituents and Nigerians for the outpour of love and solidarity, he enjoined them to sustain their faith in democracy as the best route to socio-economic transformation.
“I will like to thank all of you that gave me the opportunity and privilege to serve. For the first time in this part of Nigeria, a senator has been elected four times, consecutively, and that senator is Ike Ekweremadu.
“I grew up in this village and it was a sleeping town. But today, by the grace of god, it is a community to be reckoned with. That is the power of democracy. The only way we can show gratitude to God for is to continue to serve Him and to serve mankind and I will continue to do so with the fear of God,” he added.
Earlier in his sermon, Chukwuma, who described Ekweremadu as God’s chosen leader, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s leaders to work together for the good of the common man, irrespective of their different political persuasions.
The prelate insisted that Ekweremadu is not a threat to anybody.
“I want to say to Mr. President, I want to say to the Senate President, there is no need to fear. Ekweremadu will neither say you are PDP nor that you are APC. He does not discriminate against any religion. He is not tribalistic. He is a perfect gentleman who has a heart to serve,” he added.
The event was attended by many dignitaries, including serving and past governors, federal and state legislators, and members of the diplomatic community.