Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied calling for a military take-over in Nigeria.
‘My comments on the floor of the Senate were either being twisted or misconstrued by some persons,’ the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has said.
He made the statement on Sunday in denial of reports and statements credited to him, with many claiming he called for a military intervention in Nigeria.
Days after news spread that he called for military take-over, the Senator visited Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and he was hosted by Governor Seriake Dickson along with other African lawmakers attending the 74th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Executive Committee.
On Sunday, the Deputy Senate President’s spokesman, Uche Anichukwu, reiterated his principal’s respect for the Nigerian Armed Forces and advised that comments made by lawmakers in the course of their duty should be situated within proper context.
He then cautioned fellow politicians against the mistakes of the past which he said led to the end of the previous republics.
“We had one of our colleagues from Kogi, who was hosting a constituency briefing and empowerment.
“He alleged that the state government sponsored thugs to chase away people, disrupt the programme, and destroy the equipment he bought for his people.
“We condemned such acts, especially where in a particular case, the house of a parliamentarian was pulled down. We condemned a case whereby parliamentarians were stopped from holding meetings and where a parliamentarian was stopped from coming to a state where he was governor for eight years.
“We warned that it was such reckless abuse of power and impunity that scuttled our previous republics, especially the first republic and I cautioned politicians not take our democracy for granted,” he stated.