- Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described as "highly unfortunate" IPOB attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu
- The former Senate president under whom Ekweremadu served as deputy also thanked God for the Enugu senator's safety
- Saraki praised Ekweremadu for his belief in united, strong and prosperous Nigeria, while also suing for peace and unity
Former president of Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described as "highly unfortunate" the IPOB attack on his former deputy and colleague, Ike Ekweremadu.
Ekeremadu was an august visitor at the 2nd annual cultural festival organised in Germany when irate mob suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) roughly manhandled him.
The public embarrassment has since generated wide condemnation with federal government and president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, raising an eyebrow against the act.
Reacting to the assault, the erstwhile Senate president, under whom Ekweremadu served as deputy, posited that the attack was highly unfortunate.
He admonished Nigerians at home and in the diaspora on the need to avoid ''this kind of unnecessary distraction'' in order to foster unity in the country.
He said: ''The Nuremberg incident was highly unfortunate and Nigerians at home and in the diaspora need to avoid this kind of unnecessary distraction.
''This is a time we all have to work together to foster unity and peace in our country. I am happy Ike remains unshaking and solid in his belief about a united, strong and prosperous Nigeria.''
Saraki, who expressed displeasure on the incident, noted that Ekweremadu visited him before leaving for Germany with an overt ''enthusiasm, excitement and passion''
He added that he has spoke with the Enugu senator, who he described as ''brother and friend,'' about the incident and thanked God that he was safe.
He added: ''I spoke with my brother and friend, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu yesterday after hearing about the unfortunate incident in Germany and I thank God that he is fine and very well.
''I remember that on Thursday before departing Nigeria he visited me & I could see the enthusiasm, excitement & passion with which he looked forward to meeting Nigerians in Nuremberg at the 2nd Annual Cultural Festival, particularly after attending a very successful 1 earlier in US.''
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Senator Shehu Sani had condemned the assault on former deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu by men suspected to be irate members of proscribed separatist group IPOB.
Sani, in a post on his official Twitter handle @shehusani on Saturday, August 17, described the attack as ''unreservedly condemned.'' He added that ''IPOB spanked the wrong horse with the wrong whip on the wrong track.''
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