Ike Ekweremadu, the immediate past Deputy Senate president, was attacked and humiliated by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at a function in Nuremberg, Germany today Saturday August 17th.
Although the reason for the attack is yet to be ascertained, a video trending online shows the IPOB members throwing stones at Ekweremadu. The politician was immediately whisked away from the venue by the organisers.
Ekweremadu who served as Deputy Senate President from 2007 to 2019, was re-elected for the fifth consecutive time as the Senator representing Enugu West senatorial district in the 2019 elections.
Watch a video from the scene of the incident below.
VIDEO: Biafra Civil War In Germany. Nnamdi Kanu supporters disrupt annual new year festival as Senator representing Enugu State Ike Ekweremadu attacked and chased out of Nuremberg event. pic.twitter.com/XuirLEEvAQ
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) August 17, 2019
Uche Anichukwu, the senator’s media aide, released a statement on behalf of his principal saying the attack occurred during the annual cultural festival of the Ndigbo, apex social-cultural group in the south-east.
Following the incident, Ekweremadu assured Ndigbo and his supporters across the nation that he was safe.
“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,” he said in the statement.
“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”.
Reacting to the incident, Tuggar described the attack as unfortunate, stating that the embassy will look into the matter.
“The incident involving Sen Ekweremadu at Nuremberg Germany is most unfortunate,” the ambassador said.
“He is ok and I have assured him the Embassy will look into the matter thoroughly. Overwhelming majority of Nigerians in Germany are disciplined and law abiding and the incident didn’t stop the event.”
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