- Former deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who was attacked in Germany, has returned to Nigeria
- Ekweremadu narrated his ordeal in the hands of the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who attacked him in the foreign land
- The senator said that his attackers could be under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy president of the Senate and current serving member of the National Assembly, has returned to Nigeria from Germany where he was attacked by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ekweremadu, who was in Germany for the second annual cultural festival and convention organised by Ndi-Igbo in the country, narrated his ordeal in the hands of his attackers.
According to him, the IPOB members were under the influenced of drugs and alcohol when they carried out the act.
He told journalists: “I was informed that the place is full and that the mayor of the city where we visited was very cooperative. And the Nigerian ambassador to Germany was also at the venue, so we had to rush down.
“When I got there, I saw a lot of Igbo people who had assembled so I was excited and I came out of the car because I saw so many people, I wanted to say hello to them. We were exchanging pleasantries."
He said he noticed a couple of Igbos with IPOB with emblems and that one of them accosted and slammed him.
He explained that the one who confronted him "said that we didn’t do much when we had python dance (a military operation) in the south-east.
“I told him let me exchange greetings with others and I can now respond to him later as I was just coming in.
"So he held my hand and said no, I now removed my hand and started shaking other people. So at that point, the organisers apparently noticed what was going on and wanted to resist them, then the fight ensued."
In a separate statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu advised Igbo leaders, to feel free to travel to any part of the world they wish.
He maintained that the attitude of his assailants did not represent the dispositions and behaviour of Nigerians in the diaspora.
“I think they were just people, who were misdirected and misguided. I had the feeling they were under the influence of alcohol. They don’t represent the feelings of our people. There is nothing to worry about.
“The organisers, the Igbo in Germany, have written a letter apologising for what happened. Everybody is free to go anywhere because those ones don’t represent the behaviour of Nigerians abroad.
“For me, I have moved on. The government and authorities of Germany are free to do whatever they wish about it,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, had explained that he would have been at the Germany event where Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate president was attacked by supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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