Posted on Sun 18 Aug 2019, 12:02 AM

Not a few speculations have emerged after Saturday’s attack on the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, by suspected IPOB members in Germany. 

The Senator was seen in a video that has since gone viral, being attacked and dragged out of the venue of the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg; an event he was officially invited to.

Another video clip that surfaced online few hours after the news broke, came with a voice suspected to be the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. 

In the video, he was heard saying “It is very obvious that Ike Ekweremadu experienced the shock of his life today, because of his stupidity and his hopelessness. We have been able to show him that we are everywhere. It doesn’t matter where they go to in this western world, we will always get them.”    

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri Erewa has condemned in its entirety, the attack on the former deputy president of the Senate.

Mrs Erewa said it is shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, 
ended up in such a disgraceful manner.

According to the Diaspora commission, some of the culprits who perpetrated the act have been 
apprehended and will face the consequences for their actions.             

Senator Ekweremadu had earlier through his social media handle, @iamekweremadu, narrated how the attack took place.

“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.”

The Senator added that he believes his attackers ‘know not what they do’, but was disappointed as he has championed Igbo courses on the floor of the senate and privately.

“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,” Ekweremadu said

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