" /> //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js
Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

I did not call for military intervention – Ekweremadu

Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu has denied the trending report that he called for military intervention in Nigeria, just as the labour has warned it would resist military in politics.

Ike Ekweremadu

“I never called for a military coup. I never said the military was planning any coup. Even the military’s statement admitted that my statement was only cautionary and that we were sincere. But they went as far as saying that the international community should ignore my words of caution.”

According to the Punch, Ekweremadu said in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Sunday that comments on the floor of the Senate, though “unambiguously in defence of democracy”.

The comments, he said, were either being twisted or misconstrued by some persons.

He was a guest of Governor Seriake Dickson when he and other African lawmakers attending the 74th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Executive Committee were invited for a dinner, Punch reported.

The denial was reported by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu.

Ekweremadu said he has respect for the Nigerian Armed Forces, and that comments made by lawmakers in the course of their duty should be situated within the proper context before any form of reaction.

READ  Banks search for lending opportunities

“Of course, some people took it out of context and said I was calling for a military coup.

“I hold the Nigerian Army and the Armed Forces in high regard. They have defended our democracy, our people and have acquitted themselves creditably.

“If they need anything now, it is encouragement because this is not the best of times for them. But we do hope that when parliamentarians make statements, they (the military) should be able to know exactly what they said before reacting so that we don’t overheat the system.’’

Meanwhile, the organized labour has warned that irrespective of several challenges facing the country, it would resist any illegal and undemocratic takeover of government in Nigeria.

According to the Vanguard, the labour said it was disturbed by some subtle insinuations from some quarters that the military would venture into the politics of the country.

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, cautioned those mooting the idea to desist from throwing Nigeria into anarchy.

READ  Obaseki orders arrest of suspected ‘Killer Herdsmen’


ASCSN ‘s position came on the heels of reports credited to Ekwueremadu.

In a statement issued in Lagos, ASCSN President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, contended that any takeover of government by military again would take the country 50 years backward.

“It is common knowledge that since the military toppled the democratically elected government of Sir Tafawa Balewa in 1966, suspended the 1963 Federal Constitution and imposed a unitary system of government, the country’s growth has been stunted.

“We are also aware that all democracies in the world including that of the United States of America, Canada, Europe, etc, are not perfect but are still evolving and being improved upon.”

“The shortcomings being experienced in building democratic institutions in Nigeria were not peculiar and that with time, some of the flaws would be rectified.

“Thus, under no circumstances should individuals, no matter how highly placed, should begin to hint of military takeover of government in Nigeria.”

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Most Shared

Recent posts

  • Banks search for lending opportunities

    …explore FOREX, trade finance and other businesses By FELIX OLOYEDE The thinning out of yields in Nigeria’s fixed income market has spurred banks to look for new sources of revenue in 2018. A large number of banks in 2017 took advantage of the federal government’s aggressive borrowing by way of domestic bonds to earn risk […]

  • Profitability: GTB, Zenith raise the bar as bumper returns set new industry pace

    By FELIX OLOYEDE As the results of firms in different sectors of the economy tumble on to the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), GT and Zenith bank are setting the pace in the financial services sector as their gross revenues and post-tax profits for 2017 pierce new heights.  Both banks that rank as […]

  • Analysts caution over MTN’s bumper offering

    By TESLIM SHITTA-BEY Telecoms giant MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunications group, may be facing one off its tough times yet in recent years as it prepares to declare a full year 2017 headline earnings per share (EPS) of between R1.70 and R1.90 and a basic EPS of between R2.35 and R2.55. The weakening performance of the […]

  • Nestle Nigeria excites investors with high investment yield

    …but traders complain of market illiquidity By OKEY ONYENWEAKU With a dividend payout of N42.50 per share for the year ended 2017, shareholders would ordinarily have had broad smiles plastered on their faces as they pick up their dividend slips (or more recently received credit notices on their phones). The payment of N42.00 as dividend […]

  • Economy: CBN policies will double growth in 2018 –Dr Boniface Chizea

    With the Nigerian economy beating analysts’ 2017 projections for growth by about 20 basis points or 2% over the 1.7 % consensus forecast earlier in the year, private sector economists are growing in confidence that the 2018 growth rate would settle somewhere between 2.6 and 2.9 %.  This would mean that gross domestic product (GDP) […]

  • Food Security: Sustainable cassava seed systems critical – IITA

    Scientists and experts in agriculture have converged on the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan to concretize efforts on ways to develop sustainable cassava seed systems in Nigeria. This according to them, would enable them to solve problems of low productivity and improve the livelihood of farmers while ensuring food security. Coordinator, Dr Hemant […]

  • Measles campaign in Oyo: Govt deploys over 8,000 officials

    The Oyo State Government has deployed over 8,000 officials for the 2018 Measles Immunisation across the state. The officials, numbering 8,351, will serve as House to House mobilisers, facilitators and town announcers. They will carry out the campaign from March 15 to March 27. The Commissioner for Health in the state, Azeez Adeduntan, while monitoring […]

  • Falana slams NNPC for failing to reveal financial information

    Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has criticised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for rejecting a Freedom of Information request he made concerning the operations and finances of the corporation. Falana said the submission that the NNPC is not a public institution is embarrassing in that NNPC’s Counsel did not advert her mind to section […]

  • Exercise Cat Race: Troops nab 12 herdsmen in Benue

    The Nigerian Army on Sunday said 12 herdsmen have been arrested in Benue State. Channels TV reports that the suspects were arrested by troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade presently taking part in the Exercise Cat Race called Ayem Akpatuma in the state. They were arrested for alleged involvement in the destruction of farmlands in […]

  • Veto of Electoral Act: Saraki, Dogara vow appropriate response to Buhari’s amendment

    The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, have vowed to jointly give an appropriate response after President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. Spokespersons for the Senate President and Speaker, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan, revealed this in a statement on Saturday. […]

  • North East: 3.8m benefit from WHO free healthcare

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it provided health interventions to 3.8 million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast in the past one year. WHO said in its 2017 annual report that it coordinated health sector partners and reached 3.8 million people with health services. The agency said that it worked closely […]

  • Saraki mourns as Sen. Ali Wakili dies at 58

    The President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of Sen. Ali Wakili who was the chairman of the Senate committee on Poverty Alleviation. Wakili died at the age of 58 and his death has been confirmed by Saraki in a series of tweets to mourn his deceased colleague. Our […]

  • Pound recovers as World supports Britain in spy case

    The British pound recovered Friday from weakness prompted by a Russian decision to expel British diplomats, as the world rallied in support for London in a crisis sparked by the poisoning of a double agent, analysts said. World stocks, meanwhile, rose slightly at the end of a volatile week as fears lingered of a global […]

  • Akintoye: Killer herdsmen more dangerous than Boko Haram

    Historian, Professor Banji Akintoye, has supported the proposition that the Federal Government should declare killer herdsmen across the country as terrorists. According to him, they appear to be more dangerous than Boko Haram terrorists and therefore, must be stopped before their activities get out of hand. He addressed the issue when he appeared as a […]

  • Delta community lament poor health care system

    Residents of Bomadi and Ughelli North Local Government Areas of Delta state have raised serious concerns over what they’ve described as poor healthcare systems in their community. According to them, the Bomadi General Hospital is the only hospital that serves communities in the entire local government and its environs and for many months now, the […]

  • Niger Delta oil spills: Amnesty Int’l accuses Shell, Eni of negligence

    Rights group, Amnesty International, has faulted reports of oil spills in the Niger Delta by Shell and Eni, and is asking the Federal Government re-open investigations into 89 oil spills in the region. According to the group, the oil giants under-reported the number of spills in the last seven years and also attributed the causes […]