Ekweremadu back to Nigeria after Germany assault
* Says his attackers under influence of alcohol
* Discloses how he ‘ll handle IPOB, Kanu
By Steve Oko
The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Monday, returned to Nigeria after he was rough -handled by angry members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB in Germany.
Ekweremadu who said he had already forgiven his assailants explained that his attackers were under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
He however said that he was unruffled by the attack on him , adding that he has since put the ugly experience behind him.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu advised Nigerians, including Nigerian and Igbo leaders, to feel free to travel to any part of the world they wish, maintaining that the attitude of his assailants did not represent the dispositions and behaviour of Nigerians in the diaspora.
The statement obtained by Wawa News Global read : “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.
On what he would do in the face of the attack by IPOB and the threats to attack more Igbo leaders, especially the governors of the South East, Ekweremadu said: “Let me just say that the leaders he (Kanu) was mentioning were responsible for getting him out of jail in the first place.
“What we will do in this circumstance is to leave him to his conscience, the verdict of history, and possibly the repercussions of ingratitude.
“But I hope he won’t go to the extent of attacking any of the South East leaders anywhere”.
Ekweremadu maintained that he had no regrets speaking out for justice for Ndigbo and helping to facilitate Kanu’s release.
“First of all, I am a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. My job is to speak out when there is injustice anywhere. We have problem in the North East.
“I have visited the North East. I visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps there. I donated money. I sent relief materials.
“We had problem in the South-South, I visited the creeks and saw the environmental challenges there for myself.
“I was one of the few people the late President Musa Yar’Adua consulted before he decided on the issue of amnesty. I was the person, who advised him that he needed to call a meeting of the Council of State.
“So, he had to invite the then Attorney General to discuss that issue with me and I advised them on the constitutional implications of amnesty.
“So, I have always spoken out on matters that concern Nigerians no matter where they come from. I believe in justice for all. It had nothing to do with IPOB.”Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.