The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOD) may have erred grievously in attacking the immediate past deputy president of the Senator, Mr Ike Ekweremadu.
Some members of IPOB had descended on the former senator on Saturday at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival organised by the Ndi-Igbo Germany community.
Some of them could be heared shouting obscenities on the politician, enquiring what he had come there to do, but prominent Nigerians have risen in strident condemnation of the IPOD act.
Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Senators Shehu Sani; Former Governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayodele Fayose and Peoples Democratic Party stalwart and ex-minister Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, were among the prominent Nigerians that have risen in strong condemnation of the IPOB action.
Chairman of NIDCOM, Mrs AbiKe Dabiri-Erewa in a statement in Abuja, described the incident as an embarrassment to the country, adding: “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 disclosed that some of the culprits who perpetrated the act had been apprehended, calling on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for the actions of the culprits
Chief Nnia Nwodo was also supposed to be at the venue of the event, expressed worry that the group had now become dangerous and wondered how IPoB summoned the courage to attack Ekweremadu who played key in the release their leader from his incarceration From left Kuje-Abuja maximum prison.
“This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause” Nwodo fumed, adding: “It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weaken our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights. “Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race”.
Senator Shehu Sani who reacted via his twitter handled said: “The attack on Senator Ekweremadu in Germany stands unreservedly condemned.
“Whatever is the political or philosophical agenda of the people that attacked him, the strategy of physical assault or violence cannot lead them to success.
For former Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the attack on Ekweremadu is an assault against the Igbos and Nigerians in general:
“Igbo touts” demonstrated that pigs have no value for gold.
Attackers of Ekweremadu,a defender of democracy who symbolizes courage & decency, are miscreants who don’t deserve a place in a civilized society. It is an assault against the Igbos and Nigerians in general. To me, those “Igbo touts” demonstrated that pigs have no value for gold.’
In the same vein, Fani-Kayode said the people of the south are getting angry and you either stand up and defend them or stand aside and that what happened to Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany at the hands of IPOB is an eye-opener and clear signal to every political leader in southern Nigeria!
‘What happened to my friend and brother Sen. Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany at the hands of IPOB is an eye-opener and clear signal to every political leader in southern Nigeria!
“The people of the south are getting angry and you either stand up and defend them or stand aside! Nigerians keep disgracing themselves on the international scene everyday. How do a group of Nigerians in a civilized society manage to act so barbaric? I am not even concerned if the victim is Ike Ekweremadu or not. I am just appalled at such animalistic behaviour”.