Ekweremadu: Nigerians hail Obasanjo for writing UK court

MANY Nigerians have lauded former President Olusegun Obasanjo for seeking leniency from a United Kingdom (UK) court for former Deputy Senate President and a serving senator, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife and a doctor convicted for organ trafficking.

Reactions to the letter have been fueled by the fact that there is no public evidence that any Nigerian or the government had made such a plea on behalf of the convicts.

On Wednesday, April 5, The ICIR reported how Obasanjo sought mercy from the UK court after condemning Ekweremadu’s action in a letter dated April 3.

Wednesday’s publication followed The ICIR’s report of March 23 after the UK court at the Old Bailey convicted Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice and a doctor, Obinna Obeta, of organ trafficking in the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.

The ICIR obtained reactions to Obasanjo’s letter from some social media users. The former military Head of State and elected President is renowned for his contributions to global peace and development, for which the United Nations, Africa Union and other eminent institutions worldwide have engaged him severally on diverse issues.

The former President is also famous for writing letters. A Nigerian veteran investigative journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Premium Times, Musikilu Mojeed, chronicled some of Obasanjo’s letters in a book titled ‘Letterman,’ launched on December 1, 2022.

The book contains letters the former President wrote to challenge or advise his superiors, including Heads of State during his days in the military and those he addressed to global leaders, missions, corporate institutions and other people worldwide.

Among the social media users who reacted to Obasanjo’s letter on Ekweremadu and commended him are popular activist and lawyer, Deji Adeyanju, and Lere Olayinka, former media aide to Ekiti State former governor Ayodele Fayose.

Reacting to the letter on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Adeyanju posted an emoji of clapping hands, symbolizing that he is pleased with the letter.

Deji Adeyanju’s response to Obasanjo’s letter on Ekweremadu

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Lere Olayinka wrote on his Facebook page that what Obasanjo did to the lawmaker was what Igbo leaders should have got President Muhammadu Buhari to do.

Lere Olayinka’s Facebook post on the letter

Another Facebook user, Solomon Chukwudi Onah, wrote that Obasanjo’s letter made sense.

Solomon Chukwudi Onah reaction to Obasanjo’s letter

Yet another Facebook user, Amb Nanven, wrote: “Olusegun Obasanjo! You are truly an enigma! Thank you for this prowess.

“We stand with our very own in prayers and solidarity. Dist. Sen. Ike Ekweremadu. May God’s will be done over his travail. Nobody is above temptation.”



    Amb Nanven also reacts to the former President’s letter

    Soetan Gaffar Afolabi, another user, lauded the former President and said he would continue to praise him where he does well and challenge him where he fails.

    Soetan Gaffar Afolabi speaks on Obasanjo’s letter

    On Twitter, Ose Anenih said the thing with Obasanjo is that sometimes he hits; sometimes he misses, but he will always fire. “I agree with this message. He acknowledges their guilt and the seriousness of the offence but pleads for leniency because of the status of Ekweremadu as a Nigerian leader but, more importantly, as a father desperate to save his child.”

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    Ose Anenih’s reaction to the letter

    Another Twitter user, Ayokooto, said he loved Obasanjo’s letter for the first time because of the intervention.

    Ayekooto’s reaction to the former President’s letter to the UK Court

    Olaudah Equiano also described the former President as a true father of the nation.

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    Olaudah, a Twitter user also extols the former president for the letter

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