THE EDUCATOR - August 26 2019

IPOB Assault on Ekweremadu: This is not the Biafra of our Dream – Sen. Adighije

  • Lauds Buhari for Choice of Ogah as minister 

    Former senator Chris Adighije who represented Abia Central in National Assembly and APC chieftain in the state said the assault on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB was embarrassing not just for Ndigbo but the entire country adding that is unfortunate and had put a question mark on the activities of the group.

    Senator Adighije in a chat with our reporter in Umuahia said no ethnic group in the country would treat their prominent son like that, especially outside the shores of the country, and reiterated that their action was a minus to their agitation.  

    "This is not the Biafra of our dream, this people have made themselves in responsible, if you watch the video what I saw is nothing short of gangsterism. Their action is ill advised and ill conceived and a minus for the movement.”

    The former senator said that the voices heard in the video was people complaining about the poverty and insecurity in the South East, adding that anybody has the right to complain or protest, but to have attacked Ekweremadu the why they did and also tore his cloth was barbaric, unacceptable and very unlike Igbo man who is respecters of elders and constituted authority.

    He noted that any reasonable Nigeria would be worried over the insecurity in the country and the South East, pointed also that the killing of Rev. father Offu and father Rapuruchukwu was a sad one and unfortunate, adding that is a good news that their killers have been arrested while he called on the aggrieved to come home and help proffer solution to some of the country’s problems.

    Reacting on the appointment of Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, senator Adighije commended president Buhari for the choice of Ogah, saying that is an appointment well deserved.

    He said Ogah was qualified for the position going by his credentials and also as a candidate at the last governorship election under the platform of All progressive Congress APC , and affirmed that he is a party man loved by all.

    The senator noted that the last minister from the state Okechukwu Enelamah was not a party man, and Enelamah said it himself, adding  that even though he did well as a minister his presence was not felt in the party and  in the state.

    The senator disclosed that if he had his way, he would appeal to senator Mao Ohabunwa who is challenging Dr Orji Uzor Kalu victory as a National Assembly member representing  Abia North and incidentally the chief whip for out of court settlement.

    He noted that the chief Whip is the only principal position the south east is holding in the National Assembly and it would be unfair and unjust to loss the position.
    "if I have my way would have advised for out of court settlement. They should find a common ground even though the matter is at the point of judgment and I am of the opinion the statuesque should remain for the interest of the south east", he said.

    Adighije maintained that the governor of Abia state Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has not performed well. "What I see in the faces of Abians are poverty, frustration and anger due to nonpayment of salaries, bad roads, lack of infrastructure and development is indeed a sad one", the senator maintained.