After escaping lynching in Nuremberg Germany by angry mob Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, returned to the country from Germany and, declared that he would not be seeking punishment for his attackers because he had forgiven them.
Ekweremadu, who spoke with journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, described his assault as an action carried out by a few misguided individuals, who were on drugs.
He said his observation about them showed that they were under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
He said, “I had a feeling that they (his attackers) were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They did not represent the feelings of our people. I have forgiven them and I have moved on. The government of Germany is free to do whatever they want to do about their case.”
Giving details of what actually happened at the event, the former deputy senate president said his attackers had issues with the handling of the Operation Python Dance, a military operation in the South-East.
He said, “The organizers asked me to come to the venue because the place was already full of guests including the Mayor of the town and the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and I had to rush there.
“When I got there, the Ambassador was not there yet but a lot of people had already assembled. I was excited and I alighted from my car to go and say hello to those standing in front of the hall.
“A group of young people with IPOB emblem and shirts were also standing there. One of them then accosted me and said that we didn’t do much when the Federal Government declared Operation Python Dance in the South-East.
“They asked me to address them on the issue right there but I told them that it was part of the issues I would address when I wanted to speak during the programme but they said, ‘No!’ They became agitated and started attacking me immediately.”
Also, some Abuja-based activists have petitioned the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel, and urged the German authorities to probe Ekweremadu’s attack and punish the offenders.
This is as more Nigerians including the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State and the All Progressives Congress condemned the attack, describing it as embarrassing.
The Nigerian High Commission in Germany in a statement on Monday urged the German government to prosecute the attackers under its law with a view to serving as a deterrent to others who could be planning such an embarrassing attack.
Under German laws, physical assaults are punishable by fines or imprisonment of up to 10 years.
The statement partly read, “The Embassy of Nigeria, Berlin, Germany, wishes to react to viral videos of a vicious physical attack on the immediate past Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate and serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, by some members of an illegal and terrorist entity named Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in Nuremberg on 17th of August, 2019.
“The attack happened at an event organized by Nigerians in Germany under the auspices of a socio-cultural organisation known as Ndigbo Germany, a registered entity in the Federal Republic of Germany.
“Invitations were extended to Nigerian dignitaries, including the Distinguished Senator and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Yusuf Maitama Tuggar.
“The Nigerian Ambassador also honored the invitation but arrived at the venue shortly after the incident.
“The organizers reportedly requested police protection to ensure public order during the event but were told that the threat level was minimal and did not require stationing of any personnel at the venue before the incident.
“The Embassy has requested a thorough investigation of this attack with a view to identifying the perpetrators and bringing them swiftly to justice in accordance with the German law.
“This would deter future acts of violence against officials of the Nigerian Government on German soil particularly against the backdrop of threats by the proscribed IPOB to carry out similar attacks on more Nigerian dignitaries, especially those from the south- eastern part of the country.”