Former Nigerian Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has confirmed, what appeared like a coordinated attack on him in Germany, which had gone viral in a video released on multiple social media platforms, on Saturday, August 15, 2019.
Senator Ekweremadu, in a post released on social media, confirmed that the attack was carried out by persons identified as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who accosted him during the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg, where he had been invited to give a keynote address.
The statement by Senator Ekweremadu reads in full:
I Was Attacked by IPOB in Germany–SENATOR IKE EKWEREMADU SPEAKS
I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however could not make it eventually.
I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.
I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.
Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.
I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo and Nigerians. I want to assure them that I am hale and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.
Meanwhile, the apex pan-igbo umbrella group representing Igbos worldwide, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the unexpected attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany by aggrieved members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, describing it as disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity.
A statement issued and by Chief Nnia Nwodo, President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, said that the violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB-instigated miscreants, was not only damaging to the Igbo cause but will further buttress the arguments of those who labeled IPOB as a terrorist group and while affirming the heroic role Ekweremadu played in securing bail for the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, during his trial and incarceration by the Nigerian authorities, urged the German police to do everything within its powers to bring the perpetrators of the disgraceful action to book.
The statement reads in full:
“The assault on Ekweremadu by Igbos in Germany, described as IPOB, is disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity.
“This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB-instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause. It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weaken our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights.”
“Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race.
“Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered son and leader, I call on the law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act. It is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful.”