FG condemns attack on Ekweremadu in Germany
Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condemned the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany.
In a statement in Abuja the Chairman of NIDCOM, Mrs AbiKe Dabiri-Erewa said that the incident was an embarrassment to the country.
“It is also shamefully pathetic that an event, which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, ended up in such a disgraceful manner,” she said.
Dabiri-Erewa noted that the event was to provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and facilitate better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses.
Also read: Allianz cements partnership to provide insurance to German Nationals She disclosed that some of the culprits who perpetrated the act had been apprehended. Dabiri-Erewa called on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for the actions of the culprits.
She also appealed to Nigerians to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves, as such unruly incidents tarnish the image of the country. Sen. Ekweremadu In a statement on Saturday confirmed that he was physically assaulted by some members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany.
Enweremadu confirmed the attack in a statement released by his Media Assistant, Uche Anichukwu in Abuja.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has condemned the attack on his colleague, Ike Ekweremadu in Germany
The former Deputy President of the Senate was assaulted by a group of men identified members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at the second annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany.
Ekweremadu was reported to have been invited to the event to deliver a keynote address, but was chased out of the event venue as some men were seen pelting him with stones, water packs and yams.
Joining the Federal Government and many other Nigerians to condemn the attack, the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan in a statement released on Sunday, August 18, 2019, described the incident as shameful assault.
The statement reads: The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has unreservedly condemned the shameful assault on the former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany.
Senator Ekweremadu was to give a keynote address at the Second Igbo Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in that city when a mob, which identified themselves as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), invaded the venue to attack an illustrious son of Ndigbo who in his political career has consistently identified with and defended the cause of his people.
“It is incredibly absurd for anybody to blame the distinguished Senator for the violent criminal activities in his home base, the purported reason cited by the mob for the bewildering attack.”
“Senator Ekweremadu, like all his distinguished colleagues in the Ninth Assembly of the Senate, is concerned about the insecurity and other challenges in that area and other parts of Nigeria.”
You’ll recall that the Federal Government under the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013, designated IPOB as a terrorist organisation on September 18, 2017.