By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Fayose, Fani-kayode decry IPOB’s attack on Ike Ekweremadu
Former Governor of Ekiti state Mr Ayodele Fayose and Peoples Democratic Party stalwart and ex-minister Chief Femi Fani-Kayode have reacted to the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President.
It will be recalled that Ekweremadu was attacked by suspected members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, while participating in Iri Iji Festival of Igbo in the diaspora.
Fayose said the attack on Ekweremadu It is an assault against the Igbos and Nigerians in general and that “Igbo touts” demonstrated that pigs have no value for gold.’
On his part, 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!
Attack on Ekweremadu, a sacrilege, reprehensible —Abaribe
The Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has described as reprehensible and utterly sacrilegious, the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by some persons in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday.
Abaribe, in a statement on Sunday, condemned the act and noted that the attackers, who claimed to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, were obviously ignorant of the prevailing situation at home.
Abaribe described the attitude of the IPOB members “as a brazen show of ingratitude to a man who has been at the forefront in the struggle for all that is good for the Igbo race”.
IPOB’s barbaric attack on Ekweremadu debases our values –Senate President
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has unreservedly condemned the shameful assault on former Deputy President of the Senate, 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 an illustrious son of Ndigbo who in his political career has consistently identified with and defended the cause of his people.
Lawan 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.
Ekweremadu: Reps to seek protection for political leaders while abroad
..to probe attack on ex-Deputy Senate President in Germany
Miffed by the attack on the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday, the House of Representatives is contemplating a legislation that would protect politically exposed people abroad.
The Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub made the disclosure in a statement he personally signed on Sunday on the heels of the attack.
Condemning in strong terms the assault, Yakub said that there were other civilized ways within a democratic setting to show grievances by any individuals or groups.
IPOB’s attack on Ekweremadu a polite warning – Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,on Sunday, described the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg Germany as a ‘courageous act’ and ‘polite warning’.
Reacting in his official Twitter page, said: “the courageous act by IPOB at Nürnberg Germany is a polite warning to those engaged in selling our collective interest to Fulani caliphate. Nwodo, Igbo governors are warned.”
PDP condenms IPoB attack on Ekweremadu
THE People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed surprise on attack of Senator Ike Ekweremadu in far away Nurnberg, Germany.
National Vice Chairman of the Party for South East zone, Chief Austin Umahi who condemned the attack by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, also frowned at the action of the group.
The zonal Chairman said he was overwhelmed by surprise that some individuals could hide under the name of the proscribed IPOB to attack Ekweremadu after all his efforts as the leader of Southeast Senate caucus in the 9th Senate to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group, from detention.
Why we attacked Ekweremadu —IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday gave reasons why its members attacked former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu in Germany.
Reacting to the attack, IPOB spokesperson, Mr Emma Powerful in a statement, noted that South-East governors and some Ndigbo leaders have been marked as enemies to be attacked if they were seen in any of the 100 countries their members were residing.
The group also put on notice Ndigbo leaders such as the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, who it accused of supporting the Operation Python Dance in the South-East.