The minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has condemned the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday.
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 itself as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), invaded the venue to attack him.
In a statement personally signed by the Senate Minority Leader on Sunday, Abaribe said Ekweremadu does not deserve such disgraceful treatment from IPOB members as he deployed means to bail Nnamdi Kanu.
Abaribe described the incident as utterly sacrilegious and not an agitation in any way.
The statement read: “Obviously this is not how to repay a man, an outstanding leader of men, an unpretentious Igbo leader.
“He has given his all even going as far as deploying his means to arrange for the bail of Nnamdi Kanu, not minding the repercussions to his political career.
“It is unfortunate. The perpetrators of the attack should know that as Igbo, we respect elders and reverence our leaders.
“The unwarranted attack is not the character of the Igbo.
“It is most worrisome and even inconceivable that the attackers will choose an auspicious occasion where our people are celebrating and showcasing our rich culture to exhibit such unbecoming and condemnable conduct in the name of agitation.
“No, that was not agitation, no right-thinking human will identify with such behaviour.
“Yes, Nigeria is going through a horrendous phase, which is a fault line that her leaders, particularly we the Igbo leaders are engaging others to find a lasting solution to.
“Resorting to mob mentality and venting the spleen on our leaders rather creates a vacuum that will leave our people helpless and confused in the circumstance.”