Ex-Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Monday arrived Nigeria from Germany where he was physically assaulted by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Naija Buzz News had on Saturday reported how Senator Ekweremadu was dragged and beaten by some Igbo men suspected to be members of Biafra secessionist group, IPOB, at the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo in Nuremberg, Germany.
Ekweremadu who spoke to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport after his arrival says that he had forgiven his attackers, adding that he would not personally seek punishment for their crime against him.
The senator said that the Igbo men who attacked him were actually angered about the Operation Python Dance by the Nigerian Army against IPOB youths in the South-East.
“The organisers asked me to come to the venue because the place was already full of guests including the Mayor of the town and the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and I had to rush there.
“When I got there, the Ambassador was not there yet but a lot of people had already assembled. I was excited and I alighted from my car to go and say hello to those standing in front of the hall.
“A group of young people with IPOB emblem and shirts were also standing there. One of them then accosted me and said that we didn’t do much when the Federal Government declared Operation Python Dance in the South-East.
“They asked me to address them on the issue right there but I told them that it was part of the issues I would address when I wanted to speak during the programme but they said, ‘No!’ They became agitated and started attacking me immediately.”
He further noted that he suspects that those who attacked him were on drugs and alcohol.
“I had a feeling that they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They did not represent the feelings of our people. I have forgiven them and I have moved on. The government of Germany is free to do whatever they want to do about their case.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.