*urge Buhari to immortalize Ekwueme
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA- For alleging that former President Goodluck Jonathan elevated and institutionalized corruption in Nigeria, the opposition federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives have prayed God to Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu a change of heart to see more good in others or for discerning Nigerians to give him his much-deserved platinum award in corruption.
The lawmakers under the aegis of People Democratic Party, PDP’s House of Representatives Caucus also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to name major institutions after the former Vice President, Late Dr. Alex Ekwueme to immortalize him.
In a statement on Sunday titled ‘Celebrating Gej At 60, Immortalizing Ekwueme And A Look At Tinubu And The Nigerian Irony’, issued on behalf of the PDP House Caucus by the Deputy Minority Leader, Honourable Chukwuka Onyema, the lawmakers expressed gratitude to the president and Nigerians for celebrating former President Jonathan on his 60th birthday.
While eulogizing the life and times of Ekwueme in the service of the nation, the PDP House Caucus emphasized its conviction that time would prove that ex-President Jonathan and ex-VP Ekwueme deserve very worthy place in the annals of history.
“We express our sincere appreciation to all Nigerians who joined us in in celebrating the lives of two of Nigeria’s truly great men for all times.
“Beyond the realm of politics, it is noteworthy that these two fine gentlemen – Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the passionate democrat and Dr. Alex Ekwueme, the very urbane and knowledgeable political leader – both bequeath unto coming generations of Nigerians, models of inspiration.
“Given the gargantuan odds over which he prevailed and rose to the highest position in the land, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s 60th birthday on Monday, November 20 was a milestone worth celebrating.
“Yet it was a time that the self-effacing, humble former President preferred that we pause and reflect upon the life – and the passage into eternal realms – of a truly great and humble member of our family, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON.
“Ekwueme, one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) became the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria in 1979 and left office in 1983, materially poorer than his original worth after a flourishing professional career.
“As we celebrate former President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, GCON, we recall his immortal words that his ambition is not worth the blood of any citizen and again, we congratulate him for being widely acknowledged as the Face of Democracy in Africa – a continent where genuine and exemplary commitment to democratic ideals inspires heroic felicitation,” the caucus stated.
“While we appreciate President Mohammadu Buhari and other eminent Nigerians’ generous felicitations with President Jonathan, members of the PDP, his professional colleagues, associates, and his family in celebrating the unique history of the Nigerian leader, we also appreciate all those whose words and actions further dignifies our great eagle, Dr. Ekwueme, on his homeward passage to eternal realms.
“We call on the Federal Government to seriously consider immortalizing Dr. Alex Ekwueme by naming a great institution of learning and other worthy structures that elevate the human spirit, after him.
“In all these, we must not forget the vicious sponsors of vile propaganda and deceitful lies against PDP and former President Jonathan.
“As we pray for a long prosperous life for former President Jonathan, and eternal rest for the gentle soul of former VP Ekwueme; we also pray for GEJ traducers like Bola Ahmed Tinubu for God to either give them a change of heart to see more good in others or for discerning Nigerians to give him his much-deserved platinum award in corruption.
“If not for the large heart of Goodluck Jonathan or if he had been inclined to use the organs of state even half as viciously as today’s ruling party does against the opposition, where would the current leaders, including Tinubu have been?
“May God Almighty, the all-knowing judge, the God of revelations bring out the total truth about the known and hidden deeds of Tinubu before he departs from this world for the judgment of the next”, the caucus stated.