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Ekweremadu’s attack, an eye-opener, clear signal to political leaders – Kayode
Chief Femi Fani Kayode has extended his sympathy to the former deputy senate President of the 8th Assembly, Senator Ike Ekweremadu following humiliation he faced by aggrieved members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during a Yarm festival in Germany.
The People’s Democratic Party stalwart and former aviation minister, in a post on his Twitter handle (@realffk) described the attack as an eye opener and a clear signal to every political leader.
He advised Nigerian political leaders to take the issue raised South East youths seriously, adding that the youths, following their aggressive display in Germany, shows that they are angry.
Kayode further advised Political leaders in Southern Nigeria to stand up to defend the youths or stand outside to see them defend themselves.
The pos reads: “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!”
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!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) August 17, 2019
The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), in statement signed by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, owned responsibility to the attack and explained what actually transpired as thus: “Today being the 17th day of August 2019 the Nuremberg IPOB family in Germany in keeping with the long standing directive from our leader to hound all instigators of Operation Python Dance, is glad to report that Ike Ekweremadu was confronted and duly hounded out of a so-called New Yam Festival event in Germany.
“Despite repeated warnings to the organisers of these jamborees that Enugu, Ebonyi and other parts of Biafraland is under siege by Fulani caliphate and their collaborators within, they went ahead to invite a known traitor, co-conspirator and one of those that worked with Igbo governors to proscribe and tag IPOB a terror organisation while they never raised any voice against murderous Fulani herdsmen.
“This should serve as a warning to Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano and co that any day we find them in a public event abroad, they will be humiliated. IPOB is strategically located in over 100 countries around the world. Anywhere we find them, they will be dealt with.”
Confirming the attack, Ike Ekweremadu, who communicated through his Facebook page, said: “I Was Attacked by IPOB in Germany.
“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 and Nigerians. I want to assure them that I am hale and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.”