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Nwamina: Fani-Kayode Calls On FG, Buhari To Stand For Ekweremadu



Nwamina: Fani-Kayode Calls On FG, Buharí To Stand For Ekweremadu

By Daniel Dafe

Former Aviation Minister and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC Femi Fani-Kayode, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to stand for former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu “and not remain silent in” what he said was “slowly emerging as a well-planned, well-orchestrated and well-funded criminal conspiracy and grave injustice that has been hatched against a man whose only crime is to love and want the very best for his ailing daughter.”

The former minister said this in a post on all his social media platforms.

He added: “It is Ekweremadu today, it could be you tomorrow. Please remember this.”

Recall that David Nwamina was alleged to have been trafficked to the United Kingdom for organ harvest by Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice.

The couple was arraigned at the Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London on charges of conspiracy and organ harvest on Thursday.

The prosecutor had claimed David, a 15-year-old boy, was unaware that he was in the UK to donate a kidney until he went for a hospital appointment with the Ekweremadus.

Fani-Kayode quizzed: “Is it right that when a former Deputy Senate President and his wife are set up in a foreign country, falsely accused, docked and humiliated in this way that our Federal Government will say or do nothing?”

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He continued: “I am not asking them to pre-judge the issue but at least they could call on the Brits to be fair, just, reasonable and diligent in the conduct of their investigation and the case.

“Sen. Ekweremadu is a leading member of Nigeria’s ruling elite and political class. He is not just anybody.

“He is not above the law but he represents us all by virtue of his status and achievements over the last twenty years. Our Government should not just throw him under the bus and act as if nothing has happened.

“It cannot put its head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich and close its eyes to this shocking and traumatic drama that this poor man and his family are being subjected to.

“Something needs to be said. It does not serve our collective interest as a nation or the cause of justice for our Foreign Minister to just keep quiet.”

“We are an independent, sovereign state and nation and not a lackey, slave or serf to the Brirish. Can’t we appreciate that and act like one?

“Don’t we have any pride or self respect? We all know that Ekweremadu is not a ritualist, a human trafficker or an organ harverster but few have spoken.

“Both the FG and the Senate ought to at least say something.

“The FG could also use this opportunity to tell the Brits not to attempt to use this case to confirm their stereotyping and racial profiling of Nigerians,” his post said.

According to him, so many Nigerians “are now languishing in British jails as a consequence of such profiling and for no just cause.”

Adding: “As long as you are a Nigerian the Brits always assume and believe the worse about you. This is wrong.

“Whether he is in PDP or APC Ekweremadu is a great son of Nigeria. He is one of us. Can we not at least give him the benefit of the doubt?

“Can our Government not call for caution, restraint and justice for him? Are we so timid and cowardly?”

His post also read: “Every Govt. stands for their citizens when they get into trouble in a foreign land unless and until strong evidence is adduced against them and/or there is a criminal conviction.

“That is the norm. The Brits, French, Russians, Chinese, Americans and everyone else do it: why can’t we?

“Why do we take pleasure in abandoning, demonising, crucifying and sacrificing our own? Why do we always assume the worse about our compatriots?”


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