The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has confirmed the physical assault on him by some members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in Nuremberg, Germany.
Ekweremadu confirmed the attack in a statement released by his Media Assistant, Uche Anichukwu in Abuja.
The 64-second video report about the attack had gone viral on the social media earlier on Saturday.
In the video, Ekweremadu was seen being violently questioned over his alleged conspiracy with the Federal Government to proscribe the IPOB in the South East and killing several of its followers.
In apparent obedience to the IPOB’s directive to its members, there was commotion when Ekweremadu was attacked in Nuremberg, Germany.
The lawmaker, who has served in the Senate since 2003, was seen being pelted with stones, yam, sticks and water packs in short video clips which had gone viral on the social media.
Decked in lsiagu, a pullover shirt worn by the Igbo people on special occasions, Ekweremadu was said to have been attacked at Löwensaal am Tier Garten, Nuremberg, venue for the annual New Yam Festival of the Igbo.
The New Yam Festival holds at the end of the rainy season in August and symbolizes the conclusion of the harvest and the beginning of a new planting season.
The age-long festival is celebrated across Nigeria and the world wherever the Igbo people live.
While attending the event at Nuremberg, Ekweremadu was seen being attacked by a mob who tore his cloth and dragged him out of the event.
In the video clips, the angry mob was seen preventing the lawmaker from escaping, but he was later whisked away in a Mercedes-Benz car, even as the mob continued to beat him.
As the scene played out, some onlookers, dressed in traditional Igbo attire, were heard condemning the assault meted to the former deputy senate president.
One of the onlookers was heard saying, “This is wicked; why now? It’s not good.”
Despite the commotion, the event went on as planned.
According to the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar. In a tweet via his handle @YusufTuggar on Saturday, the diplomat who was at the event wrote, “The Nuremberg yam festival organised by the Ndigbo Germany still took place and I was in attendance.
There is no stopping Nigeria. It opened with the Nigerian and German anthems and I addressed the crowd.”It was further reports that there were initial speculations on the veracity of the video in which the senator was pelted with eggs by the irate IPOB members.
The Senator, who also gave an account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremadu, however, assured that he was safe. He condemned the attack and said he had immediately reported it to the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Yusuf Tuggar. He said: “I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg today, where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of OhanaezeNdigbo, Chief NniaNwodo, 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 and the media as well as rallied the southeast 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 Igbo. “I want to assure them that I am hale and hearty. “I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.”