Ekweremadu confirms attack in Germany, narrates ordeal
By Steve Oko
The immediate -past Deputy Senate President, and senator representing Enugu West, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has confirmed being attacked in far-away Germany where he had gone to attend an Igbo event.
He had attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg where he was expected to deliver a keynote address when the incident occurred on Saturday, August 17.
Ekweremadu in a press release by his Media Aide, Uche Anichukwu, fingered members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany, as masterminds of the attack.
According to the release obtained by Wawa News Global, Ekweremadu gave the account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremdu, saying he escaped unhurt.
The statement read in part : “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. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar”.
Meanwhile, IPOB could not be reached for confirmation if its members were the ones behind the attack.
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