The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has described the Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB), attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg, Germany, as shameful and barbaric.
Lawan in a statement sent to TOS TV’s Correspondent, through his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, unreservedly condemned the shameful assault on the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday.
Recall, that Senator Ekweremadu was to give a keynote address at the Second Igbo Annual Cultural Festival and Convention, organised by the Ndi-Igbo in Nuremberg, Germany, when a mob, which identified itself as IPOB, invaded the venue to attack him.
Lawan stated: “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.
“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 noted.
The Senate President, however, urged the German authorities to identify those involved in the despicable act, so that the law can take its course against them.
Lawan called on Nigerians to always reflect deeply and broadly before embarking on a course of action, and advised the youths to ventilate whatever grievances they have along lines prescribed by the law, and recommended by reason and democratic ethos.
The Senate President, advised 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.