Akaeze community in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has suspended the pomp and celebration usually attendant to their New Yam Festivals in honour of the embattled former deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Ekweremadu faces a legal tussle at a UK Court over alleged human organ harvest.
A community leader of Akaeze told the Daily Sun that the decision was to show solidarity to Mr Ekweremadu.
According to him, “Akaeze has strong relationship with Mpu, Igbere and Amasiri. These four towns are believed to have originated from same ancestry. We see ourselves as one people and we relate as such.
“Expectedly, we share in the pain of our brother, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, alongside his family. He has been in detention in London over allegation of organ harvesting for months now.
“When our traditional leaders and stakeholders met over the 2022 New Yam festival, a number of issues were reviewed, especially the Ekweremadu ordeal, and it was unanimously agreed that we mark the festival in a low-key. This is one of our ways of showing sympathy and solidarity to them. So, we’ll have solemn event.”
Mpu, though in Enugu State, shares boundaries with Ebonyi State.
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