BY OBUTE JAMES
The Nigerian Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the shameful assault on former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany.
Senator 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.
The statement on Sunday by the
Special Adviser on Media
to the Senate President, Ola Awoniyi 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.
He said “Senator Ekweremadu, like all his distinguished colleagues in the Ninth Assembly of the Senate, is concerned about the insecurity and other challenges in that area and other parts of Nigeria. Senator Ekweremadu 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 debase our values as civilised people. It is most reprehensible and should be condemned by all right-thinking Nigerians.”
Lawan urged the German authorities to identify those involved in the despicable act so that the law can take its course against them.
He appealed to Nigerians to always reflect deeply and broadly before embarking on a course of action and advises the youths to ventilate whatever grievances they have along lines prescribed by the law and recommended by reason and democratic ethos.
The Senate President also urged on Senator Ekweremadu not to be deterred by the incident from his path of service to his people and Nigerians in general, but to take it as part of the sacrifice of leadership.
Similarly, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe condemned attacked on Ekweremadu adding that he does not deserve such disgraceful treatment from IPOB members as he deployed means to bail Nnamdi Kanu.
Abaribe, who is facing legal challenge over the escape of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, described the incident as utterly sacrilegious and not an agitation in any way.
Abaribe is one of the surety of Kanu who facilitated his release before his sudden ‘disappearance.’
Parts of 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.”
He said resorting to mob mentality and venting the spleen on leaders rather creates a vacuum that will leave our people helpless and confused in the circumstance.