Abuja - The Ndigbo will not be intimidated in any part of Nigeria, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said while reacting to the threat issued to Ndigbo by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
“I was alarmed when I read threats allegedly issued to Ndigbo by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, over their political choices and voting patterns in the last election, which saw the PDP doing well with Ndigbo and their preferred candidates clinching some National Assembly seats in the March 28 election,” Ekweremadu said.
“I expect his Majesty as a former member of the police top echelon to understand that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is ever ready to address the consequences of such statements. Leaders should promote unity, not fragmentation that has been a clog in the wheel of our progress.”
Ekweremadu said the Yoruba and indeed Nigerians of all ethnic groups are cordially invited to vie for any political positions of their choice in any part of Igbo land.
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“We must encourage national unity by reenacting the good old days when Altine Umoru and Bashorun Balogun were appointed the Mayors of Enugu and Port Harcourt, respectively in the major cities of the defunct Eastern Region by the NCNC government in the First Republic,” he said.
He commended Governor Babatunde Fashola for appointing Igbo into his cabinet and commended other governors to emulate him.
Ekweremadu said the Constitution upholds the right of every Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.
“Let me emphasise, however, that Ndigbo will not be intimidated in any part of Nigeria, not the least Lagos State where our people have contributed immensely to its development and economy.”
He called on Ndigbo in Lagos to demonstrate a strong objection to the hate comments and threats by voting en masse for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the weekend elections.