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Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by id4sho(m): 8:23am On Apr 06, 2023
Organ harvesting: Obasanjo writes UK Court, seeks clemency for Ekweremadu, wife


By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has written a letter to the Chief Clerk of the Central Criminal Court in London to temper justice with mercy over the conviction of former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife.


It would be recalled that Ekweremadu and his wife, alongside a Nigerian doctor, Obinna Obeta, were recently found guilty of attempted organ harvesting of a Nigerian trafficked to Britain to provide a kidney for their ailing daughter.

Obasanjo in the letter dated April 3, and addressed to The Chief Clerk, the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London, titled “Re: Ike Ekweremadu,” said though Ekweremadu’s action was condemnable and unacceptable, he had contributed his quota to the socio-political development of Nigeria, adding that his punishment should consider his past records of good deeds and the plight of his ailing daughter.


The letter read:. [b]“It is with great pleasure that I write in respect of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who I have known for over two decades.


“Within this period, I have followed and watched, with keen interest, Ike Ekweremadu’s inspiring career which traversed private legal practice and public administration. I recall, with fond memories, the beginnings of our political and social relationship at the outset of our collective quest for democratic rebirth for our fatherland.

“During my administration as a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, Ike Ekweremadu and I had close relationship and interactions as staunch members of our political party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and more so as he got elected into the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2003, of which he has since remained a member till date..

“Within this period of his service in the Nigerian Parliament, he has served as Deputy Senate President of the Senate and has headed so many committees in various capacities and brought to bear his broad-based experience in legal practice and public administration.
“Sometime in 2009, he was appointed as the First Deputy of the Economic Community of West African States, and led ad hoc Committee to work for the return of ECOWAS B constitutional order in the Niger Republic.

“I clearly remember that in the heady days of the keen contest for the presidential ticket of our Party in early 1999, he joined other well-meaning Nigerians from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria to set aside extraneous considerations and ensured that South East unanimously adopted me for the Presidency. ”This was without regard to the fact that my closest competitor hailed from their part of the country. I truly cherish his God-fearing, dispassionate, moderate and pan-Nigerian approach to national issues and developments, in our multi-ethnic, multi-religious geo-polity.

“He dedicates himself to the service of God and humanity and he continues to play visible roles in national development. Through the Ikeoha Foundation, a non-governmental organization founded by him and his wife, in 1997, he and his wife have rendered a lot of charitable activities, enhancing poor people’s access to quality education and healthcare and building their capacity to participate in mainstream social, political and economic activities of their communities.


“lke Ekweremadu’s conferment with the coveted national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, is further testimony to his selfless service to our country, Nigeria.

“Mr Chief Clerk, I am very much aware of the current travails and conviction of Ike Ekweremadu and his wife in the United Kingdom resulting from their being charged with conspiring to arrange the travel of a 21-year-old from Nigeria to the UK in order to harvest organs for their daughter.

”I do realize the implications of their action and I dare say, it is unpleasant and condemnable and can’t be tolerated in any sane or civilized society.

“However, it is my fervent desire for the very warm relations between the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Nigeria; for his position as one of the distinguished senators in the Nigerian Parliament, and also for the sake of their daughter in question whose current health condition is in danger and requires urgent medical attention, you will use your good offices to intervene and appeal to the court and the government of the United Kingdom to be magnanimous enough to temper justice with mercy and let punishment that may have to come to take their good character and parental instinct and care into consideration.

“I do hope Mr. and Mrs Ekweremadu have learnt from this distressing experience of theirs to guide their future actions or inactions so they will continue to be outstanding members of their community and will continue to contribute fully to the good of society”.[/b]

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Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by neonly: 8:41am On Apr 06, 2023
Honestly I dey pity d man hope help teach me sha
Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by meum: 8:57am On Apr 06, 2023
The law is the law.

Sorry to say I support whatever punishment he gets. If the boy didn’t run to the police station they would have brought him back to Nigeria & harvested his organ like they threatened.

If the case were handled in Nigeria it would have been swept under the carpet long time ago

Baba wey sabi write letter, UK no be 9ja

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Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by EmeeNaka: 8:58am On Apr 06, 2023
Lol
Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by Beremx(f): 9:00am On Apr 06, 2023
Obasanjo the letter writer. Baba park well abeg!! Let justice prevail. Nigeria is not UK
Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by youngbabaj(m): 9:06am On Apr 06, 2023
Baba no de tire to write letter?
Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by accordadoga25(f): 9:08am On Apr 06, 2023
This one and letter

Re: Organ Harvesting: Obasanjo Writes UK Court, Seeks Clemency For Ekweremadu, Wife by princepeter566: 9:08am On Apr 06, 2023
A true father indeed.
Although I have no sympathy for any politician.

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