The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Saturday condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany.
Ekweremadu, a serving Senator was attacked by some members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany while attending the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Dabiri described the incident as an embarrassment to Nigeria.
“The incident is an embarrassment to the country,” she said.
“We call on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for their actions.”
“It is also shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany, whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and to facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner.”
She called on Nigerians to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves because such incidents tarnish the image of the country.
Earlier on Saturday, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu’s media aide released a statement on behalf of his behalf assuring Ndigbo and his supporters that he was safe and blamed IPOB for the attack.
The statement read, “I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however, could not make it eventually.”
“I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.
“I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.
“Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.
“I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar”.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar, in his reaction also described the attack as unfortunate.
He promised that the embassy will look into circumstances surrounding the attack.
Tuggar said, “The incident involving Sen Ekweremadu at Nuremberg Germany is most unfortunate.”
“He is ok and I have assured him the Embassy will look into the matter thoroughly. Overwhelming majority of Nigerians in Germany are disciplined and law abiding and the incident didn’t stop the event.”