Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy president of the Senate and current serving member of the National Assembly, returned from Germany where he was attacked by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Nigeria. Ekweremadu, who visited Germany for the second annual cultural festival and convention organised by Ndi-Igbo in the country, narrated the unfortunate incident.
Ekweremadu claimed that, the IPOB members were under the influenced of drugs and alcohol when the the act was carried out. 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.”
He further advised Igbo leaders, to be comfortable to travel to any part of the world they wish. While maintaining that the attitude of his assailants were not true representation of 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,” Ekweremadu said.