The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has vehemently condemned the attack on Ex-Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Germany.
Naija Buzz News TV on Saturday published a video in which some Igbo men suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a Biafra secessionist group, was seen beating and dragging Senator Ekweremadu at an event.
The senator also in a statement confirmed that he was attacked by his people at an event in Nuremberg, Germany. Ekweremadu was to deliver a keynote speech at the Second Igbo Annual Cultural Festival and Convention when some IPOB supporters stormed the venue.
The men who attacked Ekweremadu expressed anger that the senator was in Germany for a new yam festival when Igbos’ are being killed and women raped in the south-east.
The leadership of the senate in their separate reactions vehemently condemned the attack on the distinguished senator, describing it as shameful.
The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, in his reaction to the incident said; “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 9th Senate, is concerned about the insecurity and other challenges in that area and other parts of Nigeria.
“He has also been at the forefront of the patriotic efforts to find lasting solutions to the challenges.
“The barbaric attack on Senator Ekweremadu at a forum to which he was invited to contribute to charting a course for the progress and happiness of Ndigbo debases our values as civilised people.
“It is most reprehensible and should be condemned by all right-thinking Nigerians,” Lawan said.
Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege reacts;
Senator Omo-Agege in his reaction described the action by the suspected IPOB supporters as “not only a dastardly exportation of irrationality but an aggressive international affront against the image of Igbo and Nigeria.”
He further called for proper investigation into the incident, saying that those involved in the undeserved assault of his colleague should be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.
“What they did is not only a violent assault against the good image of the Igbo race across the world but an aggressive attack against the traditional norms of a people known to be hardworking and respectful of meaningful contributions by leaders such as Senator Ekweremadu.
“Such criminal attack, along with other anti-social attempt to accuse, condemn and lynch anyone remains utterly condemnable and illegal, notwithstanding whether it takes place on Nigerian or foreign soil as it is the easiest invitation to anomie,” Deputy Senate President Omo-Agege stated.
Senate Minority Leader reacts;
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Minority Leader of the Senate, in his own reaction described the Ex-Deputy Senate President attack as a sacrilege.
According to Abaribe who is also an Igbo senator like Ekweremadu, the attackers were ignorant of the situation at home. He further noted that the IPOB members were ungrateful to a man who has been at the forefront in the struggle for the Igbo race.
He further revealed that he and Ekweremadu stood as sureties for the leader of IPOB, Mazi Ike Ekweremadu, when he was held and charged for treason by the Federal Government.
“Obviously this is not how to repay a man, an outstanding leader of men, an unpretentious Igbo leader.
“It is unfortunate. The perpetrators of the attack should know that as Igbo, we respect elders and reverence our leaders.
“The unwaranted attack is not the character of the Igbo. This is un-Igbo.”
Senator Orji Uzo Kalu reacts;
Senator Kalu in his reaction described the incident as an uncivilized action, saying that the perpetrators must be arrested and brought to book.
“After watching a viral video of the physical attack on former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweramadu, I was not only disappointed but irritated and disturbed with the action of some members of IPOB.
“The perpetrators of the uncivilized act must face the wrath of the law.”
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.